Alpena County Regional Airport

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For the military use of this facility prior to 1957, see Alpena Air Force Station.
Alpena County Regional Airport
Alpena County Regional Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner County of Alpena
Serves Alpena, Michigan
Location Maple Ridge Township/
Wilson Township
Elevation AMSL 690 ft / 210 m
Coordinates 45°04′41″N 083°33′37″W / 45.07806°N 83.56028°W / 45.07806; -83.56028Coordinates: 45°04′41″N 083°33′37″W / 45.07806°N 83.56028°W / 45.07806; -83.56028
APN is located in Michigan
Location of airport in Michigan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 9,001 2,744 Concrete
7/25 5,028 1,533 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Total passengers 25,350 Increase 11%
Total enplanements 12,650 Increase 9%
Aircraft operations 5,902
Based aircraft 22

Alpena County Regional Airport (IATA: APNICAO: KAPNFAA LID: APN) is a county-owned, public-use, joint civil-military airport in Alpena County, Michigan, United States.[1] The airport is located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) west of the central business district of Alpena,[1] off of M-32 . It straddles the boundary between Maple Ridge Township on the north and Wilson Township on the south. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline, Delta Air Lines.

It is said to be the "Proud home of Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center," the host unit of the Michigan Air National Guard's Alpena Air National Guard Base.[3]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 7,519 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 7,638 enplanements in 2009, and 8,737 in 2010.[5] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Alpena County Regional Airport covers an area of 3,084 acres (1,248 ha) at an elevation of 690 feet (210 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with concrete surfaces: 1/19 is 9,001 by 150 feet (2,744 × 46 m) and 7/25 is 5,028 by 100 feet (1,533 × 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2012, the airport had 5,902 aircraft operations (down from 9,790 in 2010), an average of 16 per day: 44% military, 34% general aviation, and 23% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 22 aircraft based at this airport: 64% single-engine, 27% multi-engine, 5% helicopter, and 5% military.[1]

Airline and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Detroit
Busiest domestic routes out of APN
(Aug 2014 - Jul 2015) [7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Detroit, MI 10,000 Delta
2 Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN 1,000 Delta

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Feeder operated by CSA Air Flint

Other history[edit]

Several scenes of the film Die Hard 2 were shot there. The location was chosen in part because there was a need for snow, and the producers expected Alpena to produce. However, due to a lack of snowfall, artificial snow had to be used.[8] Consequently, other filming was done at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for APN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand,, Retrieved January 8, 2013
  3. ^ Alpena County Regional Airport Official site.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010 (PDF, 189 KB)" (PDF). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Alpena, MI: Alpena County Regional (APN) Scheduled Services except Freight/Mail, Retrieved 10-15
  8. ^ Die Hard 2 at IMDB.
  9. ^ "What airport was Die Hard 2 filmed in? They say in the movie that it is Dulles, but I know Dulles and that isn't Dulles". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Die Hard 2 Movie credits

Other sources[edit]

  • 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-2009-0300) 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 Alpena, MI.
    • Order 2011-9-5 (September 13, 2011): prohibiting suspension of service and requesting proposals
    • Order 2012-6-3 (June 6, 2012): extending the Essential Air Service obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation—Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines, d/b/a Delta Connection at the eight communities listed below (Muscle Shoals, AL; Alpena, MI; Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI; Brainerd, MN; International Falls, MN; Greenville, MS; Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS; Tupelo, MS) for 30 days, through, July 9, 2012.

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