Today 50 years ago, MSP
terminal 1 (Lindbergh) was opened.
Here are some interesting items from the MAC PR
"The $8.5 million terminal had 600,000 square feet and boasted 24 gates on two concourses, or "piers," when it opened in 1962. The facility could accommodate up to 14,000 travelers a day. It was designed for expansion and grew in phases as demand warranted.
Today, the terminal has 2.8 million square feet and 117 aircraft gates on seven concourses. Airlines carried about 33 million passengers to and from MSP
last year, compared to fewer than 2 million in 1962. On average, some 80,000 people a day now fly through Terminal 1-Lindbergh."
"Of the seven airlines that served MSP
when the terminal opened, only United Airlines still exists. The others -- Braniff, Eastern, North Central, Northwest, Ozark and Western -- have since succumbed to acquisition, merger or liquidation."
"In the mid-1990s, as many as 55 percent of travelers at MSP
were connecting passengers, creating demand for more flights to more cities than the local market itself warranted. The continued strength of the hub accounts for the fact that people in the Twin Cities have access to more direct air service, per capita, than do residents of any other U.S. cities except Atlanta and Denver."