Minnesota Airports Conference

2024 Minnesota Airports Conference

April 24–26, 2024

Breezy Point, MN

About the Event

Join us for the 2024 conference! The annual event features experts in aviation and aerospace fields sharing their experiences in a variety of sessions and presentations. The conference, held in conjunction with the Minnesota Council of Airports annual meeting, also includes an industry trade show and an awards and recognition program.

The conference aims to deliver the most up-to-date and advanced information for Minnesota aviation professionals and provide an opportunity for industry and government officials to exchange ideas on funding, trends, airport management, operations, maintenance, and best practices.

Ross Bernstein

This year’s conference will feature best-selling author Ross Bernstein. Ross is an award-winning Peak Performance Hall of Fame business speaker who’s keynoted conferences across the globe and been featured in numerous national news media outlets. His program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. In an engaging, provocative, and visually entertaining style, Ross will share poignant stories from the world of sports, fascinating case studies of companies he has worked with, and ideas on ways to increase sales, overcome disruption, harness creativity, generate momentum, and ultimately build stronger relationships.

Other conference highlights include:

  • General sessions on topics including airport funding challenges and successes, statewide priorities in the MnSASP, advanced air mobility, connecting with the state legislature to influence decision making, and more.
  • Concurrent sessions on airfield lighting, AIP funding for multiple runways, 5010 focus areas, and emergency response. 
  • An attendee welcome session and expanded networking opportunities
  • A poster showcase of MCOA project award nominees
  • A social mixer and trivia night
  • An awards and recognition program
  • An exhibit hall featuring innovative products and services
  • The Minnesota Council of Airports annual meeting

To create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, casual attire is encouraged.

Conference Program

See full schedule and session information in the conference program.


  • Register
  • Cost (includes sessions, breakfasts, lunches, breaks, awards luncheon, and prize drawings):
    • Full conference: $225 ($255 after April 9)
    • One day (Wednesday or Thursday only): $125 ($155 after April 9)
    • Guest fees: $28 for Wednesday lunch, $30 for Thursday awards lunch, and $50 for Thursday dinner

Please note: Registration and lodging costs for this event are reimbursable through the MnDOT Aeronautics maintenance and operations funds policy.

Pre-Conference Workshop

New this year, we're offering a pre-conference workshop, Basics of Airport Management, on Tuesday, April 23, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The workshop is free, but you must register separately from the main conference registration. 

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor

Learn about becoming a sponsor/exhibitor at the 2024 conference.


Accommodations are available at reduced conference rates of $159–$339 plus tax per night at Breezy Point Resort. To make a reservation, book online using the group ID 409668. Book by April 3, 2024, to receive the special rates.

More Information

Please contact Katherine Stanley at [email protected] or 612-626-1023.


The conference is brought to you by the Minnesota Council of Airports and the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics and facilitated by the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP).