Winds force MSP to use a different runway

Minnesotans may notice unusual aerial activity near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Thursday.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which owns and operates MSP, said strong southwesterly winds are forcing planes to use a different runway than they normally use.

The airport generally uses parallel runways (12L/30R and 12R/30L) but aircraft were using runway 22 on Thursday morning due to windy conditions.

According to MAC, air traffic controllers assign runways based on which provides the most headwind to planes for landings and takeoffs, especially when wind speeds are above 10 mph.

That was certainly the case on Thursday morning as winds from the southwest were blowing at 25mph with gusts at times exceeding 45mph.

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Despite winds forcing a runway change, the majority of flights at MSP were on time Thursday morning, with just 17 cancellations and 13 flights delayed at 10 a.m.

MAC said MSP will resume using the parallel tracks as soon as conditions allow.

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