Unusual Runway Use at MSP TonightPosted on September 6, 2017
Two primary-use runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are expected to be closed tonight for maintenance. These runway closures will result in unusual runway use for flights arriving and departing at MSP tonight and early tomorrow morning.
Runway 12L/30R, known as the north parallel runway, is expected to be closed from 11:00 p.m. tonight until 5:30 a.m. tomorrow while maintenance crews work on pavement joint sealing. Joint sealing is a regular maintenance activity and typically occurs at night when flight volumes are lower.
Runway 12R/30L, the south parallel runway, is expected to be closed from midnight tonight until 5:30 a.m. tomorrow while a process is performed to remove rubber from the runway. Periodic rubber removal is critical to safety because it ensures aircraft have enough friction from the pavement to allow slowing the aircraft during landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Controllers advise that there may be landings on Runway 35 and departures on either Runway 4 or on Runway 35 tonight. Typically aircraft do not depart from Runway 35 except in unusual circumstances such as runway closures and adverse weather. All MSP runways are expected to be open for use by 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Looking ahead, the winds at MSP are forecast to be out of the west tomorrow. This wind condition likely will favor north flow operations at the airport; which means arrivals will approach MSP from the south and southeast, and departures will takeoff in northerly and westerly directions. The forecast is predicted to change early Friday into Saturday with warm southeasterly winds, likely resulting in south flow activity. To see actual flights to and from MSP, visit our FlightTracker.