Gogebic–Iron County Airport
|Gogebic–Iron County Airport|
|IATA: IWD – ICAO: KIWD – FAA LID: IWD|
|Serves||Ironwood, Michigan / Ashland, Wisconsin|
|Elevation AMSL||1,230 ft / 375 m|
Gogebic–Iron County Airport (IATA: IWD, ICAO: KIWD, FAA LID: IWD) is a county owned, public use airport located seven nautical miles (13 km) northeast of the central business district of Ironwood, a city in Gogebic County, Michigan, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but also offers scheduled passenger service which is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
Frontier Express provided service to Rhinelander (RHI), continuing on to Milwaukee (MKE) until March 8, 2012. Great Lakes Airlines began Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) service on March 17, 2012, but this was discontinued on January 31, 2014. On April 18, 2014, the DOT awarded a 2-year contract to Air Choice One for service to and from Ironwood to Chicago, Illinois (ORD).
As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 1,524 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,092 in 2009, and 944 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Gogebic–Iron County Airport covers an area of 1,180 acres (478 ha) at an elevation of 1,230 feet (375 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 9/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,501 by 130 feet (1,982 x 40 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 5,464 aircraft operations, an average of 15 per day: 65% general aviation, 26% scheduled commercial, 9% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time 11 aircraft were based at this airport: 72% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, and 18% ultralight.
The airport did not have scheduled commercial airline service beginning January 31, 2014, when Great Lakes Airlines discontinued its service to Minneapolis/St. Paul. On February 13, 2014, talks were underway with Air Choice One to resume commercial service to IWD. On April 18, 2014, it was formally announced that Air Choice One would assume Essential Air Service for IWD with flights to Chicago. Air Choice One began flights to Ironwood on July 7, 2014.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Choice One||Chicago-O'Hare|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Air Choice One||
- FAA Airport Master Record for IWD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective January 10, 2013.
- Michigan Department of Transportation. Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand, Michigan.gov, Retrieved February 25, 2013
- DeLuca, Gabriella (February 14, 2012). "Changes for Gogebic–Iron County Airport". UpperMichigansSource.com. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- "DOT Awards EAS Contract for Ironwood, MI to Air Choice One". Air Choice One. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "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.
- "Ironwood, MI: Gogebic–Iron County (IWD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved Apr 2015.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket Number DOT-OST-1996-1266) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-5-14 (May 23, 2005): selecting Skyway Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Midwest Connect, to provide essential air service at Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan, Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, and Manistee/Ludington, Michigan, for a two-year period at annual subsidy rates of $602,761, $409,242, and $776,051, respectively ($1,788,054 in total).
- Order 2007-3-21 (March 30, 2007): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service at Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan, Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, Manistee/Lundington, Michigan, and Escanaba, Michigan for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full service. The annual subsidy rates will be set at: $797,885 for Iron Mountain/Kingsford, $799,779 for Ironwood/Ashland, $957,978 for Manistee/Ludington, and $617,415 for Escanaba.
- Order 2008-4-10 (April 7, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, and Manistee/Ludington, Michigan, utilizing 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft at a combined annual subsidy rate of $3,292,260, for a new two-year term beginning when it inaugurates full service.
- Order 2011-1-16 (January 18, 2011): selecting Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. d/b/a Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin (Ironwood), and Manistee/Ludington, Michigan (Manistee). Service will be provided with 37-seat Embraer 135 aircraft for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates service through the end of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $3,082,383.
- Order 2012-3-5 (March 7, 2012): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at both communities through the end of the 24th month thereafter. Great Lakes, utilizing 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft, will require annual subsidies of $1,410,250 for Rhinelander and $1,747,326 for Ironwood/Ashland. Chautauqua will continue to utilize 37-seat or substitute 50-seat jet aircraft for a short-term annual subsidy rate of $1,837,638.
- Order 2012-9-17 (September 14, 2012): establishing the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract end date at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, as May 31, 2014.
- Order 2014-4-17 (April 18, 2014): selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, using 9-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan or 8-passenger Piper Navajo aircraft to Chicago O'Hare International Airport for 3 round trips each weekday and weekend (18 total per week), for the two-year term from June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2016,1 for an annual subsidy of $3,563,394.
- Gogebic–Iron County Airport, official site
- PDF (30.5 KB) from Michigan Airport Directory
- PDF (130 KB) from Wisconsin Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of May 1998 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for IWD, effective April 30, 2015
- Resources for this airport: