Gusty Winds at MSP Require Unusual Runway Use

MSP Runway DiagramStrong and gusty winds out of the south today are causing unusual runway use at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). 

Air Traffic Controllers assign runways that provide the greatest amount of headwind for aircraft takeoffs and landings, especially when wind speed exceeds 10 miles per hour.

Typically, the parallel runways (Runways 12L/30R and 12R/30L) are used most often at MSP. But, today arriving aircraft have been directed to land on Runway 17 because it is the best choice for the current wind blowing 13-22 miles per hour from the south, with gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour at times. Runway use at MSP is expected to change as wind conditions change.  

View up-to-date runway use information and flight activity on the MAC FlightTracker at: www.macnoise.com/tools-reports/flighttracker.