MSP International Airport Prepared for MEA Travel Week

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is ready for one of the most
popular travel times of the year, as the long MEA weekend arrives in
Minnesota.

Many Minnesota schools will be closed October 18 and 19 so teachers can
attend the Minnesota Educator Academy’s annual conference. Families
often take advantage of the long weekend, flying out on vacation for one
last hurrah before cold and snow descend on the region.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission and non-profit Airport Foundation
MSP are putting hospitality into high gear, offering help to guide
travelers through Minneapolis-St. Paul International’s terminals, and
providing activities to entertain travelers, including families with
children.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., the Heart
and Soul Drum Academy
will perform in the North Rotunda at Terminal
1, just inside the North Security Checkpoint. At the same time, David
Olson, a balloon artist
, will be entertaining travelers on the south
end of the Airport Mall.

Another highlight will involve the Minnesota
Zoo
, which will bring wildlife to MSP on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The temporary “zoo” will be located next to Stone Arch,
at the confluence of Concourses F and G in Terminal 1’s main mall.

At the help desks in the airport terminals, travelers will also find
souvenir buttons. Family travel guides will be at the help desks and
near directories around the terminals. The guides provide information
about airport play areas for the kids, dining options and other tips for
a smooth passage to their departure gate.

The week of the MEA conference is always a peak travel period. Here are
some tips to make travelers’ journey smooth and enjoyable.

To give yourself adequate time to get to your gate before boarding
begins, please arrive at a security
checkpoint
two hours ahead of your domestic flight’s departure and
three hours ahead for international flights.

As you pass through security, remember to remove personal electronic
devices larger than a cell phone from your carry-on bag, and place them
in a bin for inspection.

Children 12 and under can leave their shoes, light jackets and headwear
on.

If you are parking at MSP, consider the Quick
Ride Ramp
, which offers low rates and a free shuttle to Terminal 1.
Additional information about airport parking is available
here
.

On Terminal 1’s ticketing level lobby, airport staff will be present at
peak travel times with flags to mark the end of lines as passengers
queue up at airline ticket counters and security checkpoints.

For more information about MSP, visit www.mspairport.com.

About The Metropolitan Airports Commission

The Metropolitan Airports Commission, a public corporation of the
state of Minnesota, owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International
and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The commission is funded by rents and fees paid by airport users, not by
general tax dollars.

About the Airport Foundation MSP

Airport Foundation MSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to
enhancing the experience of travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport.

Airport Foundation MSP provides extensive programs and services
staffed by a talented team of employees and more than 400 dedicated
volunteers. Services include an expanded 
Travelers
Assistance
 department, a fully-staffed Arts
& Culture
 department, grant
making
, expanded gambling
operations and 
community
engagement
initiatives.

About Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is one of seven
airports owned and operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, a
public corporation of the state of Minnesota. MSP has the 13
th
busiest airfield in the United States and ranks 17
th
in travelers served. The airport generates almost $16 billion annually
for the Twin Cities area economy and supports more than 86,000 area jobs.

Contacts

Metropolitan Airports Commission
John Welbes, 612-794-4544
John.Welbes@mspmac.org

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