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Metropolitan Airports Commission
Also known as:
Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission
Function: Promotes air transportation locally, nationally, and internationally by developing the Minnesota's Twin Cities as an aviation center. Oversees 7 airports in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: Twin Cities International Airport, Bloomington; Flying Cloud Airport, Eden Prairie; Crystal Airport, Crystal; Anoka County Airport, Blaine; Air Lake Airport, Prior Lake; Holman Field, St. Paul; Lake Elmo Airport, Lake Elmo.
Active dates:1943 -
Created in 1943 by Minnesota state law, the Metropolitan Airports Commission is a public corporation providing coordinated aviation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The MAC was the first metropolitan agency created by the Legislature.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and six smaller general aviation airports (Anoka County Airport, Airlake Airport, Crystal Airport, Lake Elmo Airport, Flying Cloud Airport, St. Paul Downtown Airport) within the metro area.
To address airline passenger growth that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Metropolitan Airport Planning Act in 1989, establishing the Dual Track Airport Planning Process. Conducted by the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Metropolitan Council, the seven-year planning process explored options for providing needed air service capacity and facilities for the region.
15 members (13 appointees plus the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, ex officio); appointed by governor; per diem; members file with Ethical Practices Board.; Formerly: 11 members (9 appointed by governor).
Dan Boivin, Chairman, as of February, 2011.
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