Twin Cities airport set for $242 million in interior renovations

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Airline passengers passing through the renovated area at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on Thursday.
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Updated: 12:30 p.m.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is getting a $242 million makeover.

Leaders with the Metropolitan Airports Commission said MSP’s Terminal 1 will undergo renovations in its concourses and 75 gate areas — what officials are calling the largest interior renovation project for gates and concourses since the airport opened in 1962.

The project will provide a “brighter, more modern” design across the terminal. The commission will invest $182.5 million, with Delta contributing $60 million.

“We’re proud to work with and have the support of Delta to deliver an expansive interior makeover that will create an exceptional airport experience for Delta passengers as they make their way from security checkpoints to their gates,” Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said in a news release. “It’s another major investment to create brighter, more modern spaces that complement MSP’s award-winning customer service.”

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Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, speaks during a press conference about the MSP airport modernization program Thursday.
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At a news conference Thursday morning, Ryks outlined some of the work.

“Key elements for the concourse improvements include more accessible and durable terrazzo flooring in four concourse walkways and new carpet in the other concourses, all-new wall finishes, brighter and more sustainable LED lighting and metal panel ceilings in concourse walkways, and technology upgrades that will include dynamic flight information screens at every gate,” he said.

There will also be new seating with power outlets in gate areas. The renovations will include design elements that were part of the expansion and modernization of several gates along the airport’s Concourse G in 2022.

The project will be done in three phases, with the first already under way. The project is set to be complete in 2025.

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Bridget Rief, Vice President of Planning and Development, Metropolitan Airports Commission speaks during the Thursday press conference at MSP.
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“The bulk of the work is going to be completed in overnight hours,” said Bridget Rief, vice president for planning and development with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “Delta is phasing the project so that the main impacts … are happening at night, minimizing impacts and issues during the day.”

A Delta spokesperson said the construction will not have any impact on the operations of its flights in and out of MSP.