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Airport Modernization Program Revamps MSP

The Twin Cities airport launches a huge renovation project set to upgrade Terminal 1

By Linden M. Bayliss

Gate seating is on the agenda for updates at MSP. || Courtesy of Metropolitan Airports Commission

At the end of last year, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) launched, along with partner Delta Air Lines, the single-largest interior renovation of concourses and passenger gate areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Terminal 1. Dubbed the Airport Modernization Program, this is the latest in a series of ongoing projects at the airport. The MAC has invested more than $1 billion in the transformation of Terminal 1 since 2016.

The latest renovations will include updated flooring, brighter and more sustainable LED lighting, upgraded technology including more dynamic flight screens throughout, and a full refresh of 75 Delta gate hold rooms. Updated gate seating, including more power outlets, is also slated. The project began in late October and will continue through next year.
“We’re proud to work with and have the support of Delta to deliver an expansive interior makeover that will create an exceptional airport experience for Delta passengers as they make their way from security checkpoints to their gates,” says MAC CEO Brian Ryks in a prepared statement. “It’s another major investment to create brighter, more modern spaces that complement MSP’s award-winning customer service.”

Travel through Delta gates will continue as usual during the renovations, with gates remaining open throughout construction, and the heaviest work will be scheduled during overnight hours. The renovation will cover 378,000 square feet.