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
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.