Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
History, Facts and Overview
(Minneapolis, Minnesota - MN, USA)
Formerly the local Snelling Speedway, the Minneapolis St Paul Airport of today began its life in 1914, when it was soon to become known as the Speedway Field, covering around 160 acres / 65 hectares. In 1920, the very first hangar was built and in 1921, the airfield was renamed as the Wold-Chamberlain Field, honoring two local pilots in World War I. In 1948, its name changed once more, becoming the Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP).
The many amenities available today at Minneapolis St Paul Airport include self-service business centers with dataports, Hyper Charge cell phone recharging stations, Travelex America financial services and traveler's assistance, which is provided by volunteer staff.
Also available are secure storage lockers, and two soft-play areas for children, complete with a mini airplane and fun control tower.
Those with laptops will be pleased to enjoy wireless Internet access for just a small charge, although Internet booths are also onsite, along with further connections at the Pierson M. Grieve Conference Center. Further facilities at Minneapolis St Paul Airport include an Armed Forces Service Center, a Greeter Center for groups of passengers, a pet area where dogs are allowed to run around, and more than 100 restaurants and retail outlets, which are operated by Northstar Crossing.