b'RELIEVER AIRPORTSThe Metropolitan Airport Commissions (MAC)For some, 2020 and the COVID-19six general aviation airportsreferred to as pandemic acted as a catalyst for beginning the reliever airportsplay a vital role in the or completing their flight education or pilot MACs seven-airport system. They aretraining, a significant contribution to the called relievers because they relievesystems two percent overall increase in aircraft congestion at Minneapolis-St. Pauloperations over 2019. International Airport.In 2020, the MAC invested about $15 millionThey also serve as home base for manyin capital improvement projects at itsbusinesses, as well as a Minnesota Nationalreliever airports, with a majority being spentGuard unit, Minnesota State Patrol planes andon improvements at Lake Elmo andhelicopters, several flight schools, and manyCrystal airports. private pilots. In addition, corporate aircraftLearn more about thefrom companies large and small make theirMACs reliever airports at:home at these airports. metroairports.org/general-aviationAirport 2019 2020 Change % Change21D 31,208 29,799 -1,409 -4.50%ANE 71,740 70,852 -888 -1.20%FCM 104,405 124,382 19,977 19.10%LVN 29,835 31,314 1,479 5.00%MIC 41,541 39,509 -2,032 -4.90%STP 40,394 30,188 -10,746 -26.30%Total 319,663 326,004 6,381 2.00%Together the reliever airports LOGGED 326,004 TAKEOFFSAND LANDINGS IN 202017 an increase of two percent over 2019.18'