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Minnesota Travel Guide

Minnesota — Airports

Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St Paul Airport is the main travel hub of Minnesota, located 10 miles south of the downtown districts of both cities. The airport handles more than 33 million passengers a year with Delta as one of the main carriers, along with Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Great Lakes, Southwest, Sun Country, United, and US Airways. The busiest domestic route is to Denver, followed by Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Delta provides most of the international flights into Minneapolis, with Amsterdam the busiest stopover followed by Tokyo, Cancun and Toronto.

There are two terminals at the Minnesota airport, one for St Paul (Terminal 1-Lindbrugh) and one for Minneapolis (Terminal 2-Humphrey). They are connected by a free light rail that runs every 10 minutes all day, every day. Both terminals contain a large selection of restaurants and shops along with specialty services like spa treatments, massages, shoe shines, and banking facilities. The MSP Airport Conference Center has both business services and meeting rooms.

There are several ways to get from the airport to your final destination. Taxis operate on a meter fare directly outside the terminal exit. Most of the city hotels offer courtesy shuttles for their guests, or you can take a shared shuttle van via SuperShuttle or one of the other companies on site. The city’s light rail connects the airport to 17 stops around the area, and there are eight major car rental companies like Avis, Alamo and Hertz based at the airport.

Duluth International Airport

The Duluth airport offers convenient access to the northern region of Minnesota even though only three airlines offer regular service here. Allegiant Air operates flights to Las Vegas, Orlando and Phoenix, while Delta Connection has flights to Detroit and Minneapolis-St Paul, and United Express runs a flight to Chicago. Minneapolis is the main route, followed by Chicago, Detroit and Las Vegas.

The small terminal has a couple of options for food, beverages and shopping. Taxis are the main form of transportation, with eight companies operating on a meter fare system. There are also six car rental chains including Budget, Hertz and National. Highway 53 runs right past the airport for easy access into Duluth and other northern destinations.

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