Editorial: Move ahead on airport expansion

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  • Updated: September 29, 2012 - 6:14 PM

Despite recent slide, airport is a huge economic generator.

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swatisedSep. 29, 1211:06 PM

This is the "by-the-book" solution that will be expensive and wasteful. the smart - asymetrical solution is to tell Delta - they don't own the main terminal anymore. Increase competition by allowing other carriers access to the main terminal gates, manage gates for the benefit of the traveling public and kick the anachronistic hub-and-spoke model to the curb where it belongs. we dont' need a bigger terminal - we need to use the empty gates that Delta ignores.

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w1walshSep. 30, 1210:31 AM

Recognize that the airport is built in the wrong place. Having planes take off over some of the most populated residential areas of the Twin Cities is a shame. Instead of expanding, start a new airport in the Northwest, say Elk River, permanently zone the land to the Northwest as farmland, and set the rates for new traffic to be a bargain. Adding to MSP only compounds the mistakes of the past.

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ti1310Sep. 30, 12 2:36 PM

---Recognize that the airport is built in the wrong place. Having planes take off over some of the most populated residential areas of the Twin Cities is a shame. Instead of expanding, start a new airport in the Northwest, say Elk River, permanently zone the land to the Northwest as farmland, and set the rates for new traffic to be a bargain. Adding to MSP only compounds the mistakes of the past.---- Do you have over 6 billion laying around to build a new airport? the Denver airport cost over 5 billion to build 15 years ago.

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ontheroadagnSep. 30, 12 7:49 PM

w1walsh, all attempts in the past to move the airport and build a big deal have always been poo pood, voted down, thrown on the floor and stomped on, there has been no foresight to look to the real future when the airport was in the city, kind of like the outdated freeway system that was too small and already obsolete as they have been completed

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boris123Oct. 1, 12 7:21 AM

OK, let's look at some facts: Declining take offs and landings; fewer passengers traveling through MSP; the "hometown" BIG airline is goneand major operations have been moved to ATL. Yes, these are the conditions for govt agencies to spend (squander) more money to expand something for which the market clearly has no demand.

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jmusielewiczOct. 3, 1211:51 AM

Now .. explain again .. and real slow how making an airport even more empty and lonely increases profits? Ummm..here's an idea--you pay for it. All this garbage you people stick in this paper is NOT about YOU paying but about US paying. Here's an idea--you want more expansion, growth, more development--take out your checkbook and send an open check to your favorite committee, commission, what-have-you. But keep your hands off MY wallet--I ain't payin'!! You want bigger government--more military--more "sports heros"--write out that check--I ain't payin'!!

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