(Iron Mountain - December 27, 2017) - The Dickinson County Ford Airport
is on track to break all records in boardings this year, with nearly 18,000
emplanements expected. That's according to a report issued to the County Board
of Commissioners on Tuesday evening by County Controller Brian Bousley.
Bousley said that November saw more than 1,500 boardings, with
December on track to exceed that. He said he expects the year-end total to be
near the 18,000 mark. Several years ago, the County was having trouble attaining
the 10,000 boarding figure needed to qualify for Essential Air Service funding
from the Federal Government.
The free parking offered at the airport was
given as one of the main reasons for the facility's popularity. This, in
addition to a revised schedule and decreases in air-fares, has driven the
boarding figures to something "we never could have expected," according to
Commissioner Joe Stevens (R-Dist 1).
The facility is in the process of
major upgrades to the runway and taxiway system, including upgraded lighting. In
addition, changes have been made in the terminal itself to provide additional