Metropolitan Airports Commission Receives International Award for Snow Removal

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Metropolitan Airports Commission

    MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan
 Airports Commission today renewed its prominence in airport snow removal
 efforts, receiving the coveted Balchen-Post Award for 2000-2001 at the
 International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, N.Y.
     This is the sixth win for the commission, which owns and operates
 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and six smaller "reliever airports"
 in the Twin Cities region.  A panel of aviation experts selects the winner of
 the annual award based on several criteria, including the amount of snow an
 airport receives, the number of takeoffs and landings at the airport, kinds
 and amounts of snow-removal training and equipment, and the total time runways
 are closed due to snow and ice.
     Despite one of the harshest winters in years, MSP never had to halt
 operations due to snow or ice during the 2000-2001 winter season.  Crews
 sometimes stayed at the airport days on end, sleeping in bunkrooms and eating
 meals in the maintenance building.  That way, they could prepare for storms
 before they hit, react quickly to falling snow or ice, and maintain safe
 runways, taxiways and airport roadways.
     "I am very proud of everyone involved in our snow removal activities, from
 the airfield maintenance staff, to our Airside Operations personnel, to the
 airlines, to the Federal Aviation Administration," said Metropolitan Airports
 Commission Executive Director Jeff Hamiel.  "Maintaining the safety and
 operation of the airfield is very much a cooperative effort among many people
 and organizations.  The result is safe air transportation services people can
 count on."
     The Twin Cities area received nearly 76 inches of snow this winter, far
 exceeding the average snowfall of 49.9 inches.
     "It says a lot that we are able to outperform snow removal efforts at
 airports in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Washington, D.C., and
 Baltimore," said Tim Anderson, the commission's deputy executive director for
 operations.  "All these airports -- and many others -- have excellent snow
 removal teams.  I really can't say enough about the dedication, talent and
 sheer tenacity of the team we have in place at Minneapolis-St. Paul
 International Airport.  They perform a very important public service, one we
 too often take for granted."
     The Snow Symposium is sponsored by the American Association of Airport
 Executives.
     The Balchen-Post award is named for arctic explorer Bernt Balchen and
 Wiley Post, a founder of the competition.
     In the last five years, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has
 halted airfield operations for a total of only 3 1/2 hours due to snow and
 ice.
 
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SOURCE Metropolitan Airports Commission
    MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan
 Airports Commission today renewed its prominence in airport snow removal
 efforts, receiving the coveted Balchen-Post Award for 2000-2001 at the
 International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, N.Y.
     This is the sixth win for the commission, which owns and operates
 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and six smaller "reliever airports"
 in the Twin Cities region.  A panel of aviation experts selects the winner of
 the annual award based on several criteria, including the amount of snow an
 airport receives, the number of takeoffs and landings at the airport, kinds
 and amounts of snow-removal training and equipment, and the total time runways
 are closed due to snow and ice.
     Despite one of the harshest winters in years, MSP never had to halt
 operations due to snow or ice during the 2000-2001 winter season.  Crews
 sometimes stayed at the airport days on end, sleeping in bunkrooms and eating
 meals in the maintenance building.  That way, they could prepare for storms
 before they hit, react quickly to falling snow or ice, and maintain safe
 runways, taxiways and airport roadways.
     "I am very proud of everyone involved in our snow removal activities, from
 the airfield maintenance staff, to our Airside Operations personnel, to the
 airlines, to the Federal Aviation Administration," said Metropolitan Airports
 Commission Executive Director Jeff Hamiel.  "Maintaining the safety and
 operation of the airfield is very much a cooperative effort among many people
 and organizations.  The result is safe air transportation services people can
 count on."
     The Twin Cities area received nearly 76 inches of snow this winter, far
 exceeding the average snowfall of 49.9 inches.
     "It says a lot that we are able to outperform snow removal efforts at
 airports in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Washington, D.C., and
 Baltimore," said Tim Anderson, the commission's deputy executive director for
 operations.  "All these airports -- and many others -- have excellent snow
 removal teams.  I really can't say enough about the dedication, talent and
 sheer tenacity of the team we have in place at Minneapolis-St. Paul
 International Airport.  They perform a very important public service, one we
 too often take for granted."
     The Snow Symposium is sponsored by the American Association of Airport
 Executives.
     The Balchen-Post award is named for arctic explorer Bernt Balchen and
 Wiley Post, a founder of the competition.
     In the last five years, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has
 halted airfield operations for a total of only 3 1/2 hours due to snow and
 ice.
 
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