Operational Improvements Program (OI)

Operational Improvements Program (OI)

MSP Airport Construction Projects

Dates - 2016-2025

Cost - $525 million budget  

Description - Expansion and modernization of all levels in the pre-security areas of Terminal 1. 

Project Summary  

  • Expanded the terminal 15 feet across the entire non-secure entrance side of Terminal 1 to improve public seating, vestibules, curbside, passenger flow, and sight lines.  
  • Consolidated checkpoints at each end of terminal to improve passenger movements and throughput
  • Improved passenger movements with central elevators and escalators, and new terminal exits to baggage claim
  • Implementation of technologies to map lobby activity and to display security wait times to improve passenger flow efficiencies, and customize messaging for security, airline and other travel partners
  • New and modernized ticketing and check-in operations.  
  • Added new restrooms, lighting, Terrazzo flooring, and seating on all levels
  • Replacement of all baggage carousels on the Arrivals Level with larger systems to accommodate current and future demand. 
  • Total improved space: 330,000 sq. ft. 


The Aurora and mosaic murals

  • The OI program included partner-project with Airport Foundation MSP, which operates the Arts@MSP program. 
  • The Aurora, a 29 ft. high high-tech sculpture by artist Jen Lewin, was installed in February 2021.
  • It’s located in the center of the ticketing and arrivals levels, hanging through an oval opening between the floors. 
  • The sculpture features thousands of light bulbs with LEDs inside that are programmed to display a constantly changing light show that can be influenced by people walking below the sculpture. 
  • The Foundation also expanded its stunning collection of mosaic murals, with six new murals at new restrooms on both the departure and arrivals levels.  


MSP Airport Construction Projects Home

MSP Operational Improvements Program projects have focused on expanding and modernizing all levels of pre-security areas of Terminal 1. 

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MSP Terminal 1 Arrivals Level - Baggage Claim

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MSP Terminal 1 Departures Level - Ticketing Lobby

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