2018-02-01 / News

More Than 44,000 Passengers Used Chippewa County Airport in 2017

More than 44,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport in 2017, which is 3,242 more than in 2016. Use climbed 8% over 2016. Passengers from both the United States and Canada use the airport.

In November 2017, the airport added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul, providing passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro Airport.

“Flying into two major hubs will allow passengers to choose the flight times and travel schedule which best accommodates their travel needs, and will also provide the ability to compare ticket prices,” said Airport Manager Tami Beseau. “So far the Minneapolis route has been well received by passengers and the 7:30 a.m. daily departure is much better than the 5 a.m. departure that we have had in years past.”

Chippewa County International expects to continue to experience passenger growth in 2018, which for passengers may ultimately mean the availability of more flights, better pricing, or perhaps even larger aircraft.

A recent Community Benefits Assessment by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows that the airport activities and air/industrial park tenants totaled 257 jobs and more than $11 million in direct income to county residents. Sales to suppliers and “ripple effects” of income re-spending bring the total impact to more than $33 million.

The airport is managed by the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.

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