Southwest Michigan Regional Airport

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Southwest Michigan Regional Airport
IATA: BEHICAO: KBEHFAA LID: BEH
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Benton Harbor / St. Joseph
Serves Benton Harbor, Michigan / St. Joseph, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 649 ft / 198 m
Coordinates 42°07′43″N 086°25′34″W / 42.12861°N 86.42611°W / 42.12861; -86.42611Coordinates: 42°07′43″N 086°25′34″W / 42.12861°N 86.42611°W / 42.12861; -86.42611
Website www.swmiairport.com
Map
BEH is located in Michigan
BEH
BEH
Location of airport in Michigan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 6,005 1,830 Asphalt
14/32 3,661 1,116 Asphalt
18/36 2,498 761 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 36,972
Based aircraft 62
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (IATA: BEHICAO: KBEHFAA LID: BEH) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of the central business district of Benton Harbor, a city in Berrien County, Michigan, United States.[1][2] The airport is owned by the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Southwest Michigan Regional Airport covers an area of 485 acres (196 ha) at an elevation of 649 feet (198 m) above mean sea level. It has three asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 6,005 by 100 feet (1,830 x 30 m); 14/32 is 3,661 by 100 feet (1,116 x 30 m); 18/36 is 2,498 by 100 feet (761 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 36,972 aircraft operations, an average of 101 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 62 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 7% jet, and 2% ultralight.[1]

The airport is staffed as follows:[1]

  • Monday through Friday, May through October - 8AM to 7PM
  • Monday through Friday, November through April - 8AM to 4PM
  • Saturday, Year round - 8AM to 4PM

Control tower[edit]

Opened in 1973, the air traffic control tower sits abandoned to the present day after its closure during a 1981 controller strike. It ceased operation and never re-opened.

Transit[edit]

The airport is accessible by road from Territorial Road, and is close to Interstate 94 and I-94 Business Loop.

Air service[edit]

There is no commercial airline with scheduled passenger service at the airport. It is used primarily by general aviation and corporate clients.

It was previously served from 1995 to 2000 by Mesaba Airlines, offering five daily flights to the Northwest Airlines hub at Detroit. But despite an intense local marketing campaign (utilizing the slogan You Can Get There From Here), the proximity of airports in Chicago, Kalamazoo and South Bend, Indiana siphoned business from BEH and service was discontinued.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for BEH (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Southwest Michigan Regional Airport, http://www.swmiairport.com/1252.html
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 

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