Chippewa County International Airport
|Chippewa County International Airport|
|USGS 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: CIU – ICAO: KCIU – FAA LID: CIU|
|Owner||Chippewa County EDC|
|Serves||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan|
|Elevation AMSL||799 ft / 244 m|
|Total passengers||39,125 5%|
|Total enplanements||19,630 4%|
|Aircraft operations (2011)||2,403|
|Based aircraft (2011)||11|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration,
Chippewa County International Airport (IATA: CIU, ICAO: KCIU, FAA LID: CIU) is a public use airport in Chippewa County, Michigan, United States. It is located 15 nautical miles (17 mi, 28 km) south of the central business district of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The airport is owned by the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. It was formerly the Kincheloe Air Force Base.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 13,269 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 13,173 enplanements in 2009, and 14,349 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Chippewa County International Airport covers an area of 1,850 acres (749 ha) at an elevation of 799 feet (244 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 16/34 is 7,201 by 200 feet (2,195 x 61 m) with a concrete surface; 9/27 is 5,000 by 75 feet (1,524 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface.
The airport opened a new passenger terminal in September 2002. The airport is used mostly for general aviation but is served by one commercial airline. UNICOM is utilized as a common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) on 123.00mhz, since the original USAF air traffic control tower is unmanned and non-operational. Runway 16/34 has a displaced threshold and was originally 12,000 feet (3,658 m) in length in order to accommodate B-52 and KC-135 aircraft when the airport was an operational Strategic Air Command base. However, 4,800 feet (1,463 m) of the runway has not been maintained and is no longer suitable for takeoffs or landings.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 2,403 aircraft operations, an average of 200 per month: 69% scheduled commercial, 29% general aviation, and 2% military. At that time there were 11 aircraft based at this airport: 55% single-engine, 36% multi-engine, and 9% jet.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit|
- FAA Airport Master Record for CIU ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- Michigan Department of Transportation. Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand, Michigan.gov, Retrieved January 8, 2013
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0160) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Ninety-day notice (July 14, 2009): from Mesaba Aviation, Inc. of its intent to discontinue unsubsidized scheduled air service at the following communities, effective October 12, 2009: Paducah, KY; Alpena, MI; Muskegon, MI; Hancock, MI; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; International Falls, MN; Tupelo, MS and Eau Claire, WI.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0303) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Memorandum (November 19, 2009): closing out docket DOT-2009-0160 and opening up eight new dockets for the various communities (Alpena, MI; Eau Claire, WI; Hancock/Houghton, MI; International Falls, MN; Muskegon, MI; Paducah, KY; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Tupelo, MS).
- Order 2010-5-18 (May 13, 2010): setting final past-period subsidy rates for Mesaba Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, for its forced service at Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, International Falls, Minnesota, and Tupelo, Mississippi. Also selecting Mesaba to provide essential air service (EAS) at three of these four communities on a prospective basis. At the fourth community, Tupelo, we are tentatively selecting Mesaba to provide service based on a pro-rata application of the rate Mesaba agreed to which the staff applied to a reduced service level.
- Ninety Day Notice (July 15, 2011): from MESABA AVIATION, INC. and PINNACLE AIRLINES, INC. of termination of service at Sault Ste Marie, MI.
- Order 2011-9-5 (September 13, 2011): prohibiting suspension of service and requesting proposals
- Order 2012-4-10 (April 6, 2012): selecting Delta Air Lines, Inc., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Chisholm/Hibbing, Minnesota, and Escanaba, Pellston, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for $2,517,770, $2,833,558, $1,055,361, and $1,676,136, respectively. At Sault Ste. Marie, the service will be 13 round trips per week year round. All service is to be operated with 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft.
- Chippewa County International Airport
- Aerial photo as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CIU, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: