After months of planning and with the help of dozens of Airport Authority staff and over 1,000 Host Committee volunteers at Detroit Metro Airport, I’m pleased to report that everyone did a great job helping to make Detroit’s Super Bowl XL a huge success.
Super Bowl week was a very busy period at Detroit Metro Airport, but we were especially braced for the Monday after the game. Historically, this is the time when the visitors who had arrived all week descend on the airport to return home. While we were expecting crowded roadways, long lines at the ticket counters and security checkpoints, we were busy, but operations flowed smoothly. This is directly attributable to the extra effort by our airlines, the TSA, and Airport Police. Passenger traffic was heavy but steady. By 8 am on Monday, 14,500 passengers had passed through security already. Three times the normal volume of passengers came through the airport within a 24-hour period following the Super Bowl. The longest wait for screening was 8 minutes at the Smith Terminal; and 14 minutes at the McNamara Terminal.
Thank you to all who worked so hard to help make our visitors feel welcome.