TTM -- It's not quite that simple. As I said, MSP has quite a few post-10 p.m. departures -- mainly (but not exclusively) commuter jets going short-haul. People connect in MSP from big jets to those planes to get to places like LaCrosse, WI and they sometimes need to hang out in the airport for 2 hours or more between flights. But, as I said, around here, virtually all the eateries have closed by 8 p.m.
I agree with your general premise, but I guess MSP is the exception that proves the rule.
It really is that simple. I looked up the departure information
on MSP. There are exactly 22 flights that leave MSP post-10 pm - and all but four or five appear to be on regional jets (I am just looking at the destination and gate lists and making assumptions....I suppose I could be wrong, and DL could be flying a 757 to Saskatoon, but I doubt it). 22 flights is statistically insignificant at a major hub airport. If we add all of the flights that depart after 9:45 pm, that makes the total 37 flights. Still not many, but a few more. There are ZERO flights that leave MSP between 7:49 pm and 9:45 pm. Two hours with no flights departing. There are no flights that depart after 10:20 pm. Still, I looked to see what times the restaurants were closing. According to their own web site
, MOST restaurants (quick-serve and full service) are open until 9 pm.
By 9 pm, most folks with a 9:45 departure are at or heading to their gate. If there were people there, the restaurants would be open. For the rents that these corporations pay, I can't believe that they want to leave any available money on the table.
What about the hundreds of people that are there to greet people coming in? But I do see your point.
Hundreds? Not at that hour. I fly in and out of Orlando and even at peak times, I don't know that I ever see more than "dozens" of people there to pick people up INSIDE the airport - and that's not dozens PER flight - dozens total. Also, since 9/11, you need to be a ticketed passenger to get through security and to the gates. Coincidentally, most airports have moved their concessions post-security, as well. Therefore, there aren't many pre-security options for food to begin with, but even fewer late at night.