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Delta Upgrading MSP Dining And Gates!  
User currently offlinefloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8663 times:

Great news for MSP! This will really spruce up one of their most dated looking concourses. Can't wait to see it when finished! Now if they could only get a sky club at the upper end of G  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...ternational-airport-121933543.html

Some of the offerings sound delicious!

[Edited 2011-05-17 05:48:54]


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User currently offline727tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8626 times:

This is great news for MSP. Can't wait to transit through MSP after this upgrade is completed.

User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8588 times:

COOL! So glad to see DL investing in MSP. I already loved that airport (I'm not a power-traveler, but an airline/airport nerd) and there were/are already some branches of local places there anyway.


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User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2058 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 8466 times:

About time. "G" was built by NWA way back when, The MAC did not put much money in to it. It all had to come from Big Red.


Just an MSPAVGEEK
User currently offlinewingnutmn From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8386 times:

If only they could find a way to expand customs and immigration. I would rather have them tear down gates G1 through G14 and just start over. What MSP really needs is for all of C concourse, along with B and A to be all regional equipment. I also thought that Terminal 2 was being expanded and all non skyteam airlines (all but DL) were getting moved so DL could have all of Terminal 1? MSP will always be a work in progress.

Wingnut



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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2408 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8359 times:

With the quick connection times Delta has been running, who has time to eat? I have gone from 1.5 hour average on west coast connections to about 45 minutes. So, McDonalds leaving? Most popular resturant on G now.

User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8283 times:

Wow that DOES sound awesome! I've only traversed MSP once in my travels with DL, but I liked the airport and this will be great. The Beer Hall sounds like something that's right up my alley, but pretty much everything is really nice. I hope ATL gets something like this soon as well! Are the food upgrades for JFK complete now or are they still being worked on? Thanks for the link!

User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8079 times:

Quoting 727tiger (Reply 1):
This is great news for MSP. Can't wait to transit through MSP after this upgrade is completed

Well, I'll definitely have to make another trip to SEA via DL/MSP! :-P

I thought the little mall they have there was pretty sweet. Unfortunately my wife and I only had a 1 hour layover on our way back to Philly.

We arrived at the G concourse and had to walk to the tram that took us to the D gates. There wasn't much in the way of any food choices except for a sandwich from a little convenience store-type place in the D concourse. So yeah, this would be awesome...



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User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7981 times:

It sounds great when I was reading through it, especially keeping with the Minnesota cuisine. My only concern is with many people not having long connections, will they be ditching many of the places that allowed for faster meals. Also, please leave the NWA plane hanging in Concourse G!


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User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2058 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7871 times:

The food may be intended for the out bound pax and the people who are delayed during the wonderful winter travel season.


Just an MSPAVGEEK
User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3826 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Quoting TVNWZ (Reply 5):
So, McDonalds leaving? Most popular resturant on G now.

I ate breakfast at the MSP Concourse G McD's in 2008. It was right next to my gate for a departure to SNA. And yes, the line there was extremely long.

Anyway, the food sounds very good, and I like the use of local restaurants (especially in the Twin Cities). Though the renovation starts next January, I wonder if it will be mostly done or complete by next summer in time for the seasonal FWA-MSP flights.



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7670 times:

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 8):
especially keeping with the Minnesota cuisine.

So they'll be serving hotdish and lutefisk then?  


User currently offlineFiestaFlight From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

Sounds OK, but I'd prefer if MSP or Delta built a new observation deck over on that side instead- or better yet, bring
back the cool outdoor observation deck they use to have when I was a kid (it surrounded the current one, but it's now covered in roof pebbles I think)
Even the SkyClub has fogged windows with zero view. Gross.

Maybe an "Encounters" style observatory restaurant up on top of the gawdawful parking garage? That would be cool.

Agreed the old Gold (still refuse to call it "G") concourse is a bit dated. Got a soft spot for my former hometown airport, but the international arrivals/customs experience is sort of creaky too.


User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4414 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6932 times:

That's good news. The last time I was there it was a pit. DL's terminal is in need of some upgradeing.


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

Indeed. I've only been through MSP twice. Both times was the same round trip, ATL-MSP-LHR-MSP-ATL. It was so...blah. Very un-impressive space to say the least. A building with gates a few dining options. Seemed very "dark" also. Hopefully this will liven things up a bit over there. ATL got a much needed face lift around 2006-2008 and the changes on the concourses (save for D) is very noticable.

Also, the funky dining options at JFK and LGA seems to have hit it off well with the pax. Everytime i'm through there, I see people ordering from the iPad things.



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User currently offlinefloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):
Indeed. I've only been through MSP twice. Both times was the same round trip, ATL-MSP-LHR-MSP-ATL. It was so...blah. Very un-impressive space to say the least. A building with gates a few dining options. Seemed very "dark" also.

MSP completely depends on what concourse you are in. A, B, and upper C are very bright and modern, and the dining options tend to be a little better. Lower D, G, and especially E leave something to be desired. And F and lower C are.....eh.



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User currently offlinepeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

This can be perceived as good news and /or bad news.

As with LGA, DL seems to be putting a lot of thought into the food offerings at its terminals.

What are the underlying thoughts here? I can see the justification for LGA. What about MSP?

Some random thoughts:

-pamper your customer, build food courts everywhere. DL will get "credit" for "nice" layover experiences.
-cannibalize onboard food sales...?
-does DL get "royalties" from vendors at its terminals? So a lucrative flow of income from a captive audience...
-will DL quietly increase layover times between flights and this is an attempt to muzzle the crowd?   

In other words: why make MSP better than it is since you pretty much rule over it anyways? There are no other major airports in the vicinity. Unless DL feels it has to compete with Humphrey Terminal...   



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User currently offlinen7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1750 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6074 times:
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I may be off...but last time the 'G' or 'Gold' concourse came up in a discussion, it was still owned and controlled by NWA. That was mid-2000's but I don't recall ever hearing or reading anything about the MAC gaining full control over 'G'. As someone else posted above, Northwest built the concourse with its own money. I assumed the ownership was transferred to Delta in the merger. Certainly Delta still inherited more control over 'G' than any other concourse it operates from...

User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 5548 times:

I guess I'll take a wait and see approach to see if I like it. I've seen this new deal at JFK, and it just wasn't my type of thing I guess. I'm curious as to where exactly this will be all be located. Right now G isn't fancy, but it's clean and fairly roomy. I don't want to see that changed negatively.

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

I'd like to see what sandwiches Andrew Zimmern will be offering. Maybe fish eyes on pita bread or perhaps fried brain wraps?


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User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1630 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5247 times:

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 7):
There wasn't much in the way of any food choices except for a sandwich from a little convenience store-type place in the D concourse.

Well to be fair to the D Concourse, there's not much space there for anything else.

Quoting Yflyer (Reply 11):
So they'll be serving hotdish and lutefisk then?

Don't forget the lefse.

Quoting brilondon (Reply 13):
The last time I was there it was a pit.

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it was a pit. Sure G could use some upgrades, but it's not that bad.



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User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

I think DL might be making it a bit too upscale. From what I see, there is no place for families with small children to eat (like McDonalds) and that might be a problem. I find SFO has similar concession problems...ideally it should be a good mix of upscale and not-so-upscale. I do support bringing in more local businesses however, that will be great.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4965 times:

Sounds like a good improvement - anything that gets rid of fast food options for something fresh and healthier is a win in my book. MSP already had some solid food options in place with Ike's and a few others; this will take it to the next level.

For those that still would want to gorge on the nastiness that is American processed fast food, there is still the food court in the middle of the Mall with staples such as Burger King and Famous Famiglia.


User currently onlineCIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

it doesnt say they are totaly getting rid of mcdonalds so are they really? There are 2 mcdonalds on G. Would be a bummer if they did. I always thought G was pretty nice myself, yes it could be more bright and airy but it works.

User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7767 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

MSP may not have the most glamerous facilities but they still are functional and get the job done. I find little difference the appeal of MSP's concourses versus ATL (minus concourse E), SLC, and MEM.

MSP's regional gates in A, B, and high C are very nice. Concourse D only has a handful of gates. I've actually never been out in E. I actually find G to be nicer than F. F reminds me of the old Davey Terminal at DTW. Either way, the concourses are still functional and the layout of the ramp enables good hubsite operations, as aircraft can easily access gates and pushback with out blocking alleyways.

The SkyClubs are both very nice, including the one of C which was remodeled in the same era as the DTW SkyClub (Worldclub layout). The newly remodeled SkyClub in F/G is unique and a new format, but still very nice.


25 FSDan : I was thinking the same thing... I can't really see Andrew Zimmern cooking up anything "normal". Bread made with flour from ground beetles... Blood s
26 FlyASAGuy2005 : SLC is okay I guess. Functional, but the regional operation needs some work. DL's already invested in temporary "holding areas" on the ramp level to
27 PSU.DTW.SCE : MSP has excellent facilities for the regional operators. Something that is not the case as you said in SLC and and ATL. That is a carry-over from NW w
28 mayor : You've got to remember that most of the jetways on C & D are leftovers from Western.....D-1 was the only gate that was Delta and C-1 before D con
29 ckfred : This is all good, but one thing to remember. You still need a national fast food chain that has food for kids. Concourse D at MIA has a lot of South F
30 FlyASAGuy2005 : I was talking about Atlanta in that part. Should have added some sort of break but all of this: is ATL.
31 FlyASAGuy2005 : Let's not forget, no one can confirm Mickey D's is going away. This was only suggested by someone and then others ran with it. Also, there will alway
32 Post contains images mayor : At this age, I get confused easily.
33 SNCntry32 : I am very happy to see these improvements being made in MSP. Minneapolis is my home, and the airport is getting, well, old... I would like Delta to s
34 davescj : I'll be in MSP later this month, I'll be interested to see the new SC. My issue with MSP is not the food (which is decent0 but changing terminals. It
35 DLDTW1962 : Great. But, they still need to blow up concourse G and E and redo the whole thing. The carpet and walls and paint are just down right ugly and dirty.
36 premobrimo : Are you talking about MSP?? The carpet in the entire airport was replaced about 6 months ago. There are 2 SkyClubs at MSP....
37 FlyASAGuy2005 : What do you mean by SC here? Also I'm not 100% sure what you mean by downsizing.
38 usflyer msp : Not going to happen anytime soon. A new airport would be too far outside of the city core and so expensive to build that it would make MSP non compet
39 mayor : What does the SC need to be near? It's located about halfway between concourse C & D.....there's shops nearby as well as 2 or 3 restaurants. I'll
40 floridaflyboy : They do and it has helped things tremendously. Like MEM, the only issue is that it is quite a hike from the gates. With the generally short connectin
41 C767P : The carpet that was in there last May was pretty bad, but really? Carpet? You would avoid an airport because of how the carpet looks?! I am not sure
42 TVNWZ : As statted the carpet is all new. I am getting a kick out of what everyone wants in an airport. I am not there for the food. Or the acoustics. Or the
43 mayor : If you had the experience I did in MEM, connecting, you would wish for better acoustics. At least, now, with GIDS being installed at MEM, I won't hav
44 Post contains images TVNWZ : Been through Memphis alot. Incompetece can be found anywhere, but Interstate and Corkey's is not!
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