A Message from Our Chair and CEO


We are pleased to present the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s (MAC) 2022 Annual Report.

The past year will be remembered as a year travelers returned to the air, with more than 31.2 million individuals passing through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) – a 24% increase over 2021. At year’s end, MSP had 193 active routes, including 13 new routes from Sun Country, Delta, Allegiant and Air Canada. Additionally, strategic investments in our general aviation airport system supported healthy operations and increased private development to serve our regional flying community.

This past year also brought the return of many in-person business gatherings. For the first time in three years, nearly 400 Minnesota leaders across the business, public and social sectors gathered at our State of the Airport Luncheon to celebrate MSP’s role in our state. We were also honored to host the Airports Council International – North America Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Minneapolis Convention Center in September, welcoming more than 2,000 attendees and 114 airport CEOs.

In December, the MAC finalized a new, five-year enterprise strategic plan that aligns the organization under a single purpose statement: “To provide exceptional airport experiences so Minnesota thrives.” This aspirational plan will guide us in achieving new levels of excellence at MSP and our six reliever airports.

As we prepared to publish this report, MSP was once again named the Best Airport in North America for 2022 by the Airports Council International, making it the sixth time MSP has received the title in the past seven years. Based on passenger surveys, the award reflects our long-standing commitment to customer service which was instrumental in developing the MAC’s new strategic plan and will remain at the heart of our operations.

Aviation’s continued recovery proves that a world-class airport system delivering exceptional airport experiences is critical to the success of our region. The MAC’s 2022 Annual Report captures our accomplishments and highlights how aviation drives economic growth to support a prosperous Minnesota.



Rick King, Chair of the Board

Brian Ryks, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer