MSP Airport Lands $10M for Terminal Upgrades
View of Terminal 1 at MSP Airport. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID J. TURNER

MSP Airport Lands $10M for Terminal Upgrades

A new federal funding package will enable the Twin Cities airport to upgrade gates in the G Concourse.

The federal government this week announced a nearly $1 billion funding package for 99 airports, and two Minnesota airports are among the beneficiaries.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has received a $10 million grant to continue work on a larger project to rehab and reconfigure Terminal 1. The money is specifically authorized for work between gates G8 through G13. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Jeff Lea said the project will “expand the footprint between existing gate pods.”

“This will allow for increased gate seating, concessions spaces, and new restrooms,” Lea said in an email. “No new gates will be added.”

Lea noted that the work will be consistent with recent improvements along gates G17 through G22. MSP will begin seeking bids on the new project later this year, with construction set to begin in 2024, he said.

Last year, MSP Airport received a $12.5 million grant through the same federal program. Handled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the grants are given out through a competitive, application-based process.

In a cover story last summer, TCB took a deep dive into MSP Airport’s major renovation plans at Terminal 1.

Meanwhile, the Sky Harbor Airport in Duluth has landed a $1.187 million grant through the same program this year. According to the FAA, the Duluth airport will use the funds “to replace the existing 40‐year old 2‐story terminal with a new single story modern terminal.”

Per the FAA, the new terminal will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and meet flood protection standards.