Minneapolis’ Major Airport Continues To Lag Behind

Minneapolis' Major Airport Continues To Lag Behind
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Minneapolis St. Paul, the city’s major airport, continues to lag behind in the fight to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using data from RadarBox.com, it can be established that more routes and the welcoming of new airlines need to happen in order to come close to pre-COVID levels.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

Minneapolis' Major Airport Continues To Lag Behind
Data provided by RadarBox.com.

For March 26-April 2, Minneapolis St. Paul Airport handled 892 movements, which represents a minute increase of 0.79% compared to the same period last year.

Against 2019 levels, the airport is currently trailing 293 movements to be level, which highlights the work that the airfield needs to do to grow moving forward.

Below is data for the airport in 2023 so far:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 1-8993 movements794 movements726 movements-8.56%
January 8-15991 movements776 movements791 movements+1.93%
January 15-22993 movements802 movements814 movements+1.50%
January 22-29922 movements813 movements820 movements+0.86%
January 29-February 5988 movements805 movements821 movements+1.99%
February 5-12972 movements807 movements834 movements+3.35%
February 12-19993 movements824 movements821 movements-0.36%
February 19-251107 movements842 movements742 movements-11.88%
February 26-March 51136 movements859 movements869 movements+1.16%
March 5-121146 movements896 movements899 movements+0.33%
March 12-191148 movements887 movements901 movements+1.58%
March 19-261132 movements885 movements897 movements+1.36%

What we can see from the data is that Minneapolis St. Paul is dabbling in and out of growth compared to 2022 rather than 2019.

You can also see that the percentage increases are quite minimal, meaning more is needed in order to get as close as possible to 2019 levels.

Does Delta Air Lines Need to Add More Minneapolis Flights?

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One question that can be asked from this is: Does Delta Air Lines need to add more Minneapolis flights?

Now, this is a question that has multiple answers within itself, especially with the airline being the largest operator out of the airport, as you will see from the image below.

Data provided by RadarBox.com.

The data shows that Minneapolis-St. Paul relies a lot on Delta Air Lines for overall operational success.

For Delta, there haven’t been many words about what the Summer 2023 expansion will look like from out of its many bases in the United States.

The last prevalent announcement came from operations in its Salt Lake City base, where a long-term lease expansion has been signed.

If Delta doesn’t add more flights into St. Paul during the Summer 2023 season, then there is the question of whether Minneapolis needs to approach other airlines to meet the 293 movement gap.

Because ultimately, if Delta doesn’t have the infrastructure to expand out of St. Paul, then the airport will need to look elsewhere to bring movement numbers back to pre-COVID levels and higher.

The airline does seem to be doing its part in encouraging growth out of the area, especially with its announcement made on March 27 regarding the resumption of daily non-stop services to Tokyo-Haneda Airport.

Could Numbers Be on The Rise?

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That being said, however, could numbers be on the rise?

On March 9, Minneapolis St. Paul Airport announced that between then and six weeks time, that there will be some of the busiest days of the year will occur.

At the time, Brian Ryks, the CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the following:

“MSP expects one of its busiest spring break seasons in several years as increased passenger demand continues to fuel aviation’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“We are prepared for peak travel days in the coming weeks, with more parking, more staff, and more concessions for our travelers flying off to sunny vacations and other late winter getaways.” 

However, we are around three to four weeks into this suspected busy period, so are numbers stagnating? It does look to be the case for now.

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