Will Airport—and Airplane Noise—Expand?

Airport advocates say the facility needs to prepare for future growth. Others aren't so sure.

Many Minneapolis-area residents probably got an unpleasant shock when they opened their newspapers on Sunday.

According to a story in the Star-Tribune, the Metropolitan Airports Commission is looking to add $1.5 billon worth of new airport facilities in the comming years, to handle what they see as a big boost in passenger traffic.

"Unless the economy totally collapses, there is going to be growth in the market here," said Dennis Probst, executive vice president of the airports commission. Citing the presence of numerous Fortune 500 firms in the region, he said, "The business community is going to continue to travel unless folks start pulling out of here."

Some of Southwest Minneapolis' elected representatives aren't too keen on the plan. Minneapolis City Councilmember John Quincy told the paper he's not sold.

"We've built an awfully big box already," Quincy said. Citing high grades for the airport from critics and uncertainty about demand, he asked, "Why do you need to spend another billion dollars on an airport expansion?"

Any future expansion would give some people living below or near flight paths subsidies to buy soundproofing materials, but how much remains to be seen.

James Sanna September 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
A reader tells me that public meetings on the issue start tonight: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Lake Nokomis Community Center, at 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55417
Tim Schultheis September 20, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I stopped in & viewed the new plans briefly, Monday night. To be honest, we were walking around the lake and I stopped in for a more fundamental need - but was impressed with the graphics and such. Now, knowing the purpose, I feel foolish that I did not ask more questions about noise abatement etc. - but the dog and wife were waiting.
James Sanna September 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Ah, spouses, the other "call of nature." There's one more open house at the airport commission's HQ on Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a public hearing on the proposals starting at 7 p.m. The HQ is at 6040 28th Avenue South, Mpls http://www.metroairports.org/mac/appdocs/notices/Public_Notice_2020_EA.pdf


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