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MSP Airport Passenger Traffic Increased 11% Last Year

The traveler volume growth is driven by a 47% boost in international passengers flying to and from MSP Airport

By Todd R. Berger

2.20.24 MSP Airport passengers plane landing
A plane comes in to land at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport; MSP Airport surpassed 34.7 million passengers last year. || Photo by Limitless Production, courtesy of Adobe

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) surpassed 34.7 million total passengers last year, closing in on its record of 39.5 million passengers set in 2019 just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 total marks an 11% increase compared to 2022, when MSP Airport logged 31.2 million passengers.

The growth of the past year was driven by ongoing recovery in international travel. The airport totaled 2.98 million international passengers in 2023, a 47% increase over the 2.04 million international passengers in 2022.

“We are encouraged by the rebound in international service to new and existing destinations,” says Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which operates MSP Airport. “We continue to see growing demand for travel overseas, to Canada, and to warm and sunny destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean. Heading into this new year, we remain focused on providing travelers with exceptional airport experiences and supporting airlines as they increase nonstop destinations and frequencies of flights for Minnesota businesses and travelers.”