MSP opens outdoor aircraft viewing area
On a recent gorgeous Saturday morning, aircraft and aviation enthusiasts in and around the Twin Cities were given something special to celebrate: the opening of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) public outdoor aircraft viewing area.
Located in the heart of MSP’s airfield, this new space provides spectacular views of aircraft takeoffs and landings.
“I’ve always thought MSP Airport should have a place for the public to watch airplanes land and takeoff,” said Dan Boivin, Chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, at a ribbon cutting event held today. “When MSP first opened its doors for commercial air travel, people were able to come right up to the fence. Then, when Terminal 1-Lindbergh was constructed, we offered an indoor observation deck to anyone who wished to make the trip to the airport. But since 2002, when new security regulations were put in place, we haven’t had a designated public space for this activity – until now.”
The space includes parking, picnic tables, and benches. Trees have been planted that, when mature, will provide shade and natural beauty. The wonder of flight will always be front and center at the space though, with a fantastic perspective of activities on multiple runways.
Access to the viewing area is from the west side of the airport. To get to the viewing area from Richfield or Cedar Avenue, travel on 66th St. east to Longfellow Avenue and follow Longfellow south to Cargo Road. Follow Cargo Road to its end at the new viewing area. From Bloomington,or I-494, take 24th Ave. north to 77th St. Take 77th St. west to Longfellow Road, and follow Longfellow north to Cargo Road. Turn right on Cargo Road and follow it to the new viewing area, located just past and the Federal Express shipping facility. For a map, go to http://www.mspairport.com/docs/maps/other/Aircraft-Viewing-MAP.aspx.
The space is open every day, dawn to dusk.