(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 seating.

 

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