Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport - Articles and news items
Issue 2 2012 • 28 March 2012 • Joshua Paurus, Duty Manager, Airside Operations at Minneapolis–St Paul International Airport
People, process and technology are all part of an effective winter opera - tions strategy. The extent that each component is successfully integrated with the others plays a large role in influencing the outcome of a winter operations event. At Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) we have a history of refining these components over the years. With approximately 1,200 operations to and from 135 destinations daily, MSP ranks amongst the busiest airports in the world. This level of activity combined with an average annual snowfall of approximately 50 inches provides us with ample opportunities to test our winter operations skills.In addition to dedicated, experienced personnel and proven processes, MSP’s Airside Operations department utilises numerous technology tools. These range from systems for current and forecasted weather conditions, aircraft and vehicle tracking, surface condition sensors, runway friction management and more. We have a history of partnering with vendors early in the development of products, not only to meet our needs, but also the needs of other airports. This ongoing commitment to up-front input and effective partnerships results in us having the technology we need to make sound decisions and develop effective management processes.Perhaps the best way to describe some of these tools and their benefit to MSP is to take you through a hypothetical winter storm experience.
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