I have lived in Minneapolis for many years, and I’ve seen several airlines come and go.
The good times for MSP
Before 9/11, MSP was quite large, with major airlines such as Air France, KLM, Delta, Northwest, TWA, Pan Am, Continental, etc. MSP was actually the 12th busiest airport in the WORLD
A huge hub for one of the world’s largest airlines
Northwest had a huge amount of routes out of MSP going to many, many places all over the world.
However, after 9/11, Northwest cut back some routes, TWA went out of business and several airlines such as Air France and KLM (who used 747s) cancelled their Minneapolis routes.
Then, Northwest went out of business and we lost many routes out of MSP.
The Comeback of MSP
In 2012, we got direct flights to Reykjavik on Icelandair and we got our first true ultra-low cost carrier, Spirit. In 2013, we got the first signs of a comeback as Air France re-started direct flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle. Then, in 2014, Condor Airlines started direct flights to Frankfurt.
Between 2014 and 2017, MSP didn’t see much growth, but once 2017 hit, MSP started to grow exponentially.
In 2017, KLM returned providing year-round direct flights to Amsterdam. However, the flight became profitable enough that they began Dreamliner service during the winter months. Then in 2018, JetBlue began to offer non-stop flights to Boston Logan at a very low cost. And finally, coming up in 2019, Delta is adding a direct MSP to Seoul flight in addition to the direct to Tokyo Hadena flight. Also in 2019, which I am personally very excited for: Aer Lingus starting direct flights to Dublin from MSP.
And this year, MSP was named the Best Airport in North America.
All this growth has been amazing for MSP and I hope it continues to grow more. Especially the addition of Norwegian or WOW would be a game changer.
KLM even had a specific 747-400 for MSP
Thanks for taking the time to read my topic,