Cherry Capital Airport

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Cherry Capital Airport
Cherry Capital Airport TVC logo.jpg
Traverse City Airport II.JPG
Cherry Capital Airport terminal
Airport type Public
Owner Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties
Serves Traverse City, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 624 ft / 190 m
Coordinates 44°44′30″N 085°34′56″W / 44.74167°N 85.58222°W / 44.74167; -85.58222Coordinates: 44°44′30″N 085°34′56″W / 44.74167°N 85.58222°W / 44.74167; -85.58222
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
TVC is located in Michigan
Location of airport in Michigan
TVC is located in the US
TVC (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 7,015 2,138 Asphalt
18/36 5,378 1,639 Asphalt
Total passengers 429,364 Increase 8%
Total enplanements 214,684 Increase 7.4%
Aircraft operations (2012) 83,970 Increase <1%
Based aircraft (2016) 97

Cherry Capital Airport (IATA: TVC, ICAO: KTVC, FAA LID: TVC) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (2.3 mi; 3.7 km) southeast of the central business district of Traverse City, in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.[1]

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

Cherry Capital Airport had 190,286 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2013, an increase from 182,616 enplanements in 2012 and 167,488 in 2010.[2]

The airport had 429,364 passengers travel in and out in the 2015 calendar year.


Cherry Capital Airport was opened in 1969 as Cherry County Airport, replacing Ransom Field.[4]

The airport's facility was previously on the north side of the east–west runway with the entrance on Parsons Avenue. The airport recently added a new and larger airport tower next to the older one.

In the fall of 2004, Cherry Capital opened a new terminal demolishing the old one and reconfiguring the runways. Since then, Cherry Capital Airport has continued to grow with various carriers adding seasonal service and destinations.[5]

Cherry Capital Airport was the recipient of the 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2005–06 Balchen/Post Awards for outstanding achievement in snow and ice control in the small commercial service airport category.[6][7][8]

Soon,[when?] the airport will implement the first biometric access systems in the country.[5] The airport is the ninth to implement the advanced security measures suggested after the September 11, 2001, attacks.[5] This terminal is able to comply better with security regulations and supports a greater number of flights and passengers.

In 2013 and 2017, the airport extended the east-west runway of the airport to the east and west respectively to accommodate more flights to more locations, possibly to upgrade to an international airport.[9][10]

In October 2017, a Costco store opened next to the airport entrance, on a property leased to the warehouse chain for 60 years.[11]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The Airport has one concourse with six gates. Cherry Capital Airport covers an area of 1,026 acres (415 ha) at an elevation of 624 feet (190 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 6,901 by 150 feet (2,103 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,378 by 150 feet (1,639 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2012, the airport had 83,970 aircraft operations (down from 92,483 in 2008), an average of 230 per day: 79% general aviation, 10% scheduled commercial, 11% military, and <1% air taxi. In November 2016, there were 97 aircraft based at this airport: 73 single-engine, 15 multi-engine, 2 jet and 7 helicopter.[1]

In February 2009, Forbes magazine ranked Cherry Capital Airport second in their list of the top ten "rip-off" airports in the United States, citing an average cost per mile to travelers departing TVC of 41 cents.[12]

The airport has one Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) AvFlight.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air service reflects the tourism season in Traverse City. In the winter, there are as few as 8 daily flights, and in the summer, there are nearly 30 daily flights. The following passenger airlines provide scheduled service to and from Cherry Capital Airport:

American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–LaGuardia
Delta Connection Detroit
Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare[13]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare
Seasonal: Denver, Newark

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Airlines and Destinations served from Traverse City (as of July 2013)
Top Destinations from TVC
(Jan 2017 - Dec 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, IL (ORD) 111,040 American, United
2 Detroit, MI (DTW) 85,310 Delta
3 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) 22,510 Delta
4 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (DFW) 4,410 American
5 New York City, NY (LGA) 3,720 Delta
6 Newark, NJ (EWR) 3,600 United
7 Atlanta, GA (ATL) 2,620 Delta
8 Denver, CO (DEN) 370 United

FedEx Feeder is operated at the field by CSA Air. UPS flights are operated by Freight Runners Express and AmeriFlight.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • Northwest Airlink Flight 4712 (operated by Pinnacle Airlines) was a Bombardier CRJ200 from Minneapolis-St. Paul "which overran the runway while landing at TVC during a snowstorm on April 12, 2007. The aircraft received substantial damage, but the 52 people on board were not injured. The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the pilots’ decision to land at TVC without performing a landing distance assessment, which was required by company policy. This poor decision-making likely reflected the effects of fatigue produced by a long, demanding duty day, and, for the captain, the duties associated with check airman functions. Contributing to the accident were 1) the Federal Aviation Administration pilot flight and duty time regulations that permitted the pilots’ long, demanding duty day and 2) the TVC operations supervisor’s use of ambiguous and unspecific radio phraseology in providing runway braking information. Four safety recommendations were issued to the FAA addressing timely post accident drug testing, training on landing distance assessment performance, ground operations personnel communications, and criteria for runway closures in snow and ice conditions. The NTSB adopted the report on June 10, 2008."[15]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for TVC (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective November 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand". Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Timeline". Traverse Area Historical Society. August 4, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c "New State-of-the-Art Terminal". Cherry Capital Airport. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. 
  6. ^ Northeast Chapter (May 12, 2004). "2003–2004 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Northeast Chapter (April 27, 2005). "2004–2005 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Northeast Chapter (April 26, 2006). "2005–2006 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Runway 28 Project". Cherry Capital Airport. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "TVC Continues Runway Improvements". Traverse City Business News. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Traverse City Costco Warehouse". Costco. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ "America's Rip-Off Airports". Forbes. February 16, 2009. 
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  14. ^ "City, MI: Cherry Capital&carrier=FACTS". Retrieved January 24, 2018. 
  15. ^ "2008 Annual Report to Congress" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2009. 

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