Chippewa County International Airport
|Chippewa County International Airport|
|IATA: CIU – ICAO: KCIU – FAA LID: CIU|
|Owner||Chippewa County EDC|
|Serves||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan|
|Elevation AMSL||799 ft / 244 m|
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 the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 13,269 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 13,173 in 2009, and 14,349 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.
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 measures 7,201 by 200 feet (2,195 x 61 m) with a concrete surface and 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 123.00 MHz, 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 11 aircraft were based at this airport: 55% single-engine, 36% multi-engine, and 9% jet.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)||21,000||Delta Connection|
- 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.
- "Sault Ste. Marie, MI: Chippewa County International (CIU)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved April 2015.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-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 DOT-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 Pellston, the service is to consist of 12 nonstop round trips per week to Detroit in the off-peak, and 14 per week in the peak period. At Sault Ste. Marie, the service will be 13 round trips per week year round. At the remaining two communities, serviceis to consist of 12 nonstop round trips per week year round. All service is to be operated with 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft.
- Order 2013-10-8 (October 21, 2013): reselecting Delta Air Lines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Pellston and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and SkyWest Airlines, at Paducah, Kentucky; Hancock/Houghton, and Muskegon, Michigan; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Order also tentatively reselects American Airlines, at Watertown, New York. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: Docket 2009-0303; Effective Period: February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016; Service: Thirteen nonstop round trips per week to Detroit (DTW); Aircraft Type: CRJ-200; Annual Subsidy: $1,765,393.
- Chippewa County International Airport
- Aerial photo as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 25, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CIU, effective June 25, 2015
- Resources for this airport: