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Shifting Global Airline Service and the Local Community

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Date Created
1996-01
Report Number
96-02
Description
This report presents results from a one-year study investigating the allocation, organization, and importance of international passenger and freight service among US cities. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) serves as a case study throughout. The study addressed specific causes and effects of the international air service MSP currently enjoys. The goal of this report is to inform public policy decision-makers, business leaders, and private citizens about international air service at MSP: the regulatory framework that shapes the international service map, connections between such service and urban development, and Minneapolis/St. Paul's standing among other Midwestern cities in terms of access to major foreign destinations. The final section of this report comments on the tenuous nature of nonstop international service in today's liberal international environment, current efforts to enhance international service to the Twin Cities, and questions that remain unanswered about the Twin Cities place on the international service map.

Runway Crack Repair Research Project (Silver Bay Municipal Airport)

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Date Created
1996-04
Report Number
96-20
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A research project at Silver Bay Municipal Airport evaluated six different repair methods alternated along the 3,200-foot bituminous runway. In 1986, the runway developed significant transverse cracks and needed repair to maintain aircraft operations. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and Ralph Burke Associates (RBA) identified 17 cracks for repair and analysis. Over the past seven years, Mn/DOT, RBA, and others monitored the repair behavior of the methods. The 17 patches experienced variable behavior since the first inspection in 1987. Although most repairs experienced differential heaving, one type of repair moved with the surrounding pavement. The method used similar base material and a T-shaped cross section to distribute any movement over a larger area. The T-section, the repair that performed consistently well, was chosen to replace three of the badly faulted patches. These second-generation repairs were completed in October 1994 and monitored over the next 15 months. The results further confirmed the consistently good performance of the T-section repair, making it the clear recommendation over the other designs evaluated in this project.

Transportation Barriers Affecting International Visitors to Minnesota

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Date Created
2000
Report Number
2003-21
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The lack of international tourists to Minnesota is due to many factors. Minnesota is mainly a regional destination, with the majority of tourists coming from within the state and adjacent states. The majority of visitors drive to arrive in Minnesota. Barriers preventing more international tourists from visiting Minnesota were investigated, using a variety of methods ranging from focus group analysis to a mail questionnaire targeting the German long haul market. Barriers were grouped into four categories: functional, perceptual, logistical, policy. The primary barrier identified is a private sector policy imposed by airlines. The decision not to allow stopover visits or open jaw tickets without a substantial change in the price of an air ticket works against spontaneous or planned short visits to relatively unknown destinations. Should this policy based access barrier be removed, a public/private partnership would be needed to promote stopovers in Minnesota.

Development of a Web-Based Economic Impact Calculator for Small and Medium Size Airports

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Date Created
2005
Report Number
2005-19
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This report details the development of a Web-based economic impact calculator for Minnesota's Small and Medium Size, General Aviation airports. In this case, "economic impact" is defined as the result of expenditures or sales transactions between businesses or other entities that can be directly traced to the presence of an airport.

Potential Viability of Automated Rapid Transit at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

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Date Created
2011
Report Number
2011-14
Description
This research project investigates the status of personal rapid transit (PRT) applications in airport environments, to understand the characteristics and attributes of these systems, to explore the viability of a PRT system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and to prepare a synthesis report and presentation that document the project's findings.

Overseas Air Cargo Service, Airborne Export-Producing Industries, and U.S. Cities, 1980-1995

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Date Created
1998-03
Report Number
1998-13
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This report presents results of an analysis of changes in the geographic patterns of U.S. markets for overseas cargo service between 1980 and the mid-1990s. The study determines which U.S. cities have and have not participated in the period's dramatic service expansion, and the ways in which their competitive positions have changed as a result. The study identifies industries that rely heavily on air cargo service to facilitate export activities and examines their employment distributions among U.S. cities to demonstrate demand for overseas air cargo service. A classification of U.S. metropolitan regions based on the mismatches revealed improvement or decline in service supply and demand, as well as identifying cities with winning and losing records during the period. Case studies of Portland, Oregon; St. Louis; Washington-Baltimore; and Minneapolis-St. Paul indicate the influences of location, local economic conditions, airline networks, carrier health, and industry changes; and leadership on and off the airport. Study results make clear the need for coordinated local and regional efforts to actively promote better air service for communities in the face of competition for limited service. Civic leaders must address those issues within their influence and develop long-range plans carefully attuned to concurrent airline industry and regulatory changes.

Airport Photos

Date Created
2010-09
Description
Included are photos of Minnesota airports.