MAC 2021 Annual Report
A Message from our Chair and CEO
We are pleased to present the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s 2021 Annual Report. We hope you find the information in this report useful and that it gives you a sense of where we’ve been and, perhaps more important, where we’re going.
Helping Our Community and Travelers Stay Safe
In 2021, the MAC worked with the State of Minnesota, its airport tenants and private vendors to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines for employees and the public. Learn more about how we helped keep our communities and travelers safe at MSP.
Health and Safety Stats
Disposable masks provided
Gallons of hand sanitizer provided
COVID-19 vaccines administered
COVID-19 tests administered
Major Improvements at MSP
The MAC made significant progress with two key construction programs at MSP in 2021: the continued modernization of Terminal 1’s Departures and Arrivals spaces and the expansion and improvements on Concourse G.
General Aviation Airports
In 2021, the MAC's general aviation airport system experienced an overall increase of eight percent in operations, much of it fueled by high interest in learning how to fly and a resumption of private business flights.
Located just south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in Lakeville, Airlake Airport (LVN) mostly serves recreational fliers but is also ideally suited for business aviation, particularly for the many local businesses situated nearby.
Anoka County-Blaine Airport
Just north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE) is home to a variety of vintage, experimental, recreational and corporate aircraft. Among the MAC's general aviation airports, ANE has the most aircraft based there – 365 – and is also among the busiest (just behind Flying Cloud Airport).
Located northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in the city of Crystal, Crystal Airport (MIC) is home to a busy flight school, a nationally recognized aircraft parts and maintenance facility, and a regionally known propeller repair and overhaul facility.
Flying Cloud Airport
Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) is the busiest airport in the MAC’s general aviation system with more than 100,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Located in the vibrant city of Eden Prairie, MN, just 10 miles southwest of Minneapolis, FCM is home base for many corporate jets and four flight schools.
Lake Elmo Airport
Located between the city of St. Paul to the west and the St. Croix River to the east, Lake Elmo Airport (21D) is convenient for both business and leisure flying. While LVN experiences the fewest operations of the MAC’s general aviation airports, it is still one of the top 10 busiest airports in Minnesota.
St. Paul Downtown Airport
Located along the Mississippi River and just south of downtown Saint Paul, the St. Paul Downtown Airport engenders a vibrancy all its own. A popular base for corporate aircraft due to its location and for having the longest runway – 6,941 feet – in the MAC general aviation airport system, the airport also offers charter services, has two fixed-base operators and is home to a five-star rated restaurant.
Connecting with the Community
The MAC’s system of airports plays a vital role in stimulating a thriving and vibrant community.
In 2021, we focused on enhancements to our website and outreach to the community, including restarting the paused Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport long-term planning process.
About the MAC
The Minnesota Legislature created the MAC in 1943 to promote the efficient, safe handling of air commerce and to develop the full potential of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area as an aviation center.
This appendix is prepared in accordance with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes Section 473.621. It presents MSP passenger and aircraft operations activity, current airport capacity in terms of operations and passenger enplanements, average length of delay statistics, and technological developments affecting aviation and their effect on operations and capacity at the airport.
MSP Named Best Airport in its Class
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has once again earned top honors in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, which surveys customers at airports around the world.