Rising traffic means more dining at Humphrey Terminal

Rising passenger traffic at the Humphrey Terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has attracted a new food vendor.

Surdyk's has opened a full-service restaurant that seats 55 people at the terminal, which is growing in popularity. Last year about 3.3 million passengers flowed through its doors. That's more than twice the number who used the facility just five years ago.

There once was just one restaurant at the airport's smaller terminal. But in the spring, three eateries arrived, including a Subway sandwich shop.

"We've been hearing from customers for a long time that they want more options there," airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski said.

Airlines have dramatically increased their use of the Humphrey Terminal in recent years.

"In the last five years, we have had Southwest come in, as well as Spirit Airlines," Scovronski said. "Sun Country has come out of bankruptcy, and they believe they will be able to expand their schedule here over the next several years."

Airport officials are considering adding additional gates.

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