Ribbon Cutting and First Flights On New Runway at Minneapolis St. Paul-International Airport

A replica of Charles Lindbergh's famous Spirit of St. Louis and a Northwest Airlines A319 will be the first airplanes to take off after officials cut the ribbon on Runway 17/35.


ADVISORY... --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metropolitan Airports Commission:

A replica of Charles Lindbergh's famous Spirit of St. Louis and a Northwest Airlines A319 will be the first airplanes to take off after officials cut the ribbon on Runway 17/35

What: Metropolitan Airports Commission Chair Vicki Tigwell, Federal Aviation Administration Regional Administrator Chris Blum, and Northwest Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Steenland will cut the ribbon officially opening MSP's new fourth runway, 17/35, for operations. Weather permitting, a replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, the airplane in which Minnesota aviator Charles Lindbergh made the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic, will be the first aircraft to take off from the new runway, followed by a Northwest Airlines A319.

When: This Thursday, October 27, at 10:15 a.m., trams will take the media and invited guests to the runway for a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting, followed by the first flights. Trams leave at 10:15 sharp and are the only way to get to the runway for the ribbon cutting ceremony and first flights. Don't be late!

Where: Trams will leave for the runway from the Metropolitan Airports Commission's new field maintenance building, 7305 Longfellow Ave. So., Minneapolis -- From the north, take Highway 77 south from Minneapolis to the Diagonal Blvd. exit. Turn right on Cedar Ave S. and travel north to 66th St. Turn right on 66th St. Cross over Highway 77 and turn right onto Longfellow Ave, traveling south. The field maintenance facility will be on the left side of the road, just across the street south from the Sun Country Airlines hangar. -- From the south, take Highway 77 to the 66th St. exit. Travel east briefly to Longfellow Ave (the service road on the west side of the airport that runs parallel to Highway 77). Turn right onto Longfellow. Travel south to the field maintenance facility, which sits on the left side of the road, just across the street south from the Sun Country Airlines hangar.

CONTACT: Metropolitan Airports Commission Patrick Hogan, 612-726-5335 phogan@mspmac.org or Padilla Speer Beardsley John Anderson, 612-455-1756 janderson@psbpr.com KEYWORD: MINNESOTAINDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRAVEL AIRLINES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORYSOURCE: Metropolitan Airports Commission

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