MAC Board votes to continue with improvements at Terminal 2
Metropolitan Airports Commission board members on June 15 voted to approve the bid award for construction of three new aircraft gates (four jet bridge positions) at Terminal 2-Humphrey.
The decision came after a one-month delay to consider the potential impacts should Sun Country Airlines reduce or ultimately discontine airline operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as it has threatened. Sun Country has been in labor contract negotiations with its pilots for several years and recently commented that, if they could not come to an agreement, the airline may be shuttered.
“The original reasons for constructing the gates continue to be valid, even if Sun Country were to cease operations altogether,” said Gary Warren, executive vice president planning, development and environment. “In the most likely planning scenarios, these new gates will be necessary to provide growth opportunities for new airlines, support organic growth for the current Terminal 2 airlines and provide a level of service enhancement to all users of Terminal 2.”
In addition to the new gates, the $27.5 million project will add amenities such as a new restrooms, a nursing mother’s room, lactation room and indoor pet relief area as well as the airport’s first green roof system.