Sneak peek into the future of Minnesota’s largest airport


Officials at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are planning some big changes to accommodate an anticipated 50 percent surge in passenger traffic by the year 2030, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Future plans include additional gates, more parking and spiffier bathrooms. Dining and other services are also expanding.

"McDonald's is coming back to Terminal 1," Jeff Hamiel, airports commission executive director, told MPR.

Hamiel expects JetBlue Airways will eventually begin service in the Twin Cities. In addition, new hotels are expected to built near the airport within the next 10 years.

MSP is once again one of the top 100 airports in the world, according to travel research firm Skytrax.

Twin Cities Business says Minnesota's largest airport ranked No. 71 -- down from 65th the year before -- and among just 15 airports in the country to land on the list.

Earlier this year, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ranked No. 4 on a top 10 list of airports for business travelers, which was compiled by Plymouth-based Travel Leaders Group.

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