Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Private jets pack into Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (KMSP) for MLB All-Star Game

The MLB All-Star Game at Target Field is boosting private-aircraft traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Signature Flight Support, which offers hangar space to private aircraft and services planes at MSP, expected between 80 and 100 more planes than usual thanks to Tuesday’s game, company spokesman Patrick Sniffen said. He wouldn’t disclose Signature’s average customer load for competitive reasons, but called the All-Star Game bump “significant.”

Private-aircraft statistics for the airport and St. Paul Downtown Airport, which is primarily used by corporate aircraft, weren't available from the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The Federal Aviation Administration couldn’t be reached for comment.

The private-aircraft traffic increase hadn’t spread to Anoka County-Blaine Airport as of Monday afternoon.

“I’ve heard Minneapolis is bursting at the seams, but we haven’t got anything out of it,” said Michael Lawrence, general manager of Key Air’s Blaine operations.

Lawrence said it was business as usual for his company, which offers charter-jet services and aircraft maintenance. He was hopeful traffic might pick up on game day.

The All-Star Game’s impact on private-jet traffic is likely far less than what metro airports will experience when the 2018 Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis to be played at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

This year's Super Bowl fueled traffic jams at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, which is about two miles from MetLife Stadium. The FAA projected 1,200 arrivals at the airport, which typically manages only 400 landings and takeoffs daily.

Source Article:  http://www.bizjournals.com

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