The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Mr. Brian Ryks-CEO of the MAC (Metropolitan Airports Commission) to their April 14th. meeting at the Original Pancake House in Burnsville. Brian provided some interesting information on the history of the MAC and the airport operations that they manage in the Twin Cities area. Some of the information Brian provided were as follows:
- The MAC was est. in 1947 by the State of MN
- The MAC first operated Wold-Chamberlain (now MSP) and Holman Field airport in St. Paul.
- MAC now has (7) metro airports under its wing, and is one of the largest airport systems in America! (MSP, STP, Lake Elmo, Anoka, Crystal, Flying Cloud, & Airlake (Lakeville)
Pandemic Impact on Industry Operations
- March 2020 - 2022 $40 B rev. losses to US airports
- Global Airports 2021 $82B rev. losses
- Global Airports 2022 Proj. $60.8 B in losses
- MAC operation rev. losses since 2019=$310M
CARES ACT assists airports
- $295 M awarded in total
- $274 M for MSP & reliever airports
- $ 21M to assist with concession relief/rental car operations
Passenger totals-last (3) years @ MSP
- 2019 39.5M 2020 14.8 M 2021 25.2 M
Airport landing/takeoff operations @ MSP-last (3) years
- 2019 406.1K, 2020 245.0 K, 2021 303.8K
- Airlines are operating at 75% of pre-pandemic levels
- Airlines adding (11) new routes from MSP in 2022 (9 domestic & 2 international)
- International service to Canada nearing 2019 levels
Thank you to Mr. Brian Ryks for his interesting & informative presentation!