RECORD YEAR AT DICKINSON COUNTY FORD AIRPORT WITH MORE THAN 35,000 ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

(Iron Mountain - January 23, 2018) - 2017 was a banner year for the Dickinson County owned Ford airport, with more than 35,000 passengers either arriving or departing from the facility.

In a report to the County Board of Commissioners on Monday, County Controller Brian Bousley said that 18,251 departures from the airport meant a record year, far exceeding expectations.

Bousley said there have been a number of improvements made to the passenger area of the airport, with additional seating being added to the waiting area, and additional parking spaces created.

The free parking at the airport is credited, at least in part, to the increasing use of the facility. It also appears that the new schedule enacted by SkyWest, a division of Delta Airlines, has generated additional traffic, with non-stop flights to Detroit and Minneapolis.

Bousley said that in addition to the more obvious improvements to the terminal facility, the airport has also undergone major improvements and upgrades to the primary runway, as well as the installation of new, more efficient lighting on both the runways and the parking area. Much of the cost for the improvements has been financed by grants from the Federal government, under the Essential Air Service act. An airport must exceed 10,000 boardings per year in order to qualify for this funding.

Commissioner Joe Stevens (R-Dist 1) said that the County should be very proud of the achievements at the airport. He cited the remarkable improvement in usage compared to previous years, when the County struggled to meet the minimum requirements for EAS funding.

The Board approved a payment of $269,000.00 to the Michigan Department of Transportation, as the County's share of the runway improvement project. The Federal funding is administered through the MDOT.

 

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