More Temporary Nighttime Runway Closures at MSPPosted on September 21, 2018
Only Runway 17/35 will be available for aircraft taking-off or landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. again this upcoming week. This temporary condition is necessary while crews continue work in the runway safety areas of the other three MSP Runways: 12L/30R, 12R/30L, and 4/22. Similar work was performed during the past two weeks as weather permitted, and the work will continue in October during nighttime and early morning hours until the project is completed.
FAA Air Traffic Controllers on duty 24 hours per day at MSP will direct aircraft to arrive and depart on Runway 17/35 using established flight paths and procedures that have been in place for that runway since 2005; however these flight paths are rarely used during nighttime hours because use of the parallel runways is preferred. Wind conditions will determine the direction that aircraft will approach or depart from this runway.
Typically, northerly or westerly winds will mean aircraft will depart to the north into the wind and arrivals will land from the south. Southerly or easterly winds generally mean departures will go over areas to the south of MSP with arrivals landing from the north. On average, 37 flights arrive or depart at MSP each night between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Surface wind at MSP, flight paths, and aircraft details may be viewed using the MAC FlightTracker: https://www.macnoise.com/tools-reports/flighttracker