Sawyer International Airport

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Sawyer International Airport
Sawyer International Airport Logo.png
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Airport typePublic
OwnerMarquette County
ServesMarquette, Michigan
LocationGwinn, Michigan
Elevation AMSL1,221 ft / 372 m
Coordinates46°21′13″N 087°23′43″W / 46.35361°N 87.39528°W / 46.35361; -87.39528Coordinates: 46°21′13″N 087°23′43″W / 46.35361°N 87.39528°W / 46.35361; -87.39528
SAW is located in Michigan
Location of airport in Michigan
SAW is located in the United States
SAW (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 9,072 2,765 Asphalt/Concrete
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Jun 2019)56,330
Aircraft operations (2017)17,166
Based aircraft (2019)41
Sources: FAA,[1] MDOT[2]

Sawyer International Airport (IATA: MQT, ICAO: KSAW, FAA LID: SAW) is a county owned public use airport in Marquette County, Michigan, United States. It is located 17 nautical miles (20 mi; 31 km) south of the central business district of the city of Marquette.[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]

This commercial and general aviation airport is located near Gwinn, on a portion of the former K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, which closed in September 1995. The airport opened for passenger service in September 1999, serving Marquette and the surrounding area. It replaced the former Marquette County Airport (IATA: MQT, ICAO: KMQT, FAA LID: MQT), which closed the same year.

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), this airport is assigned SAW by the FAA[1] and MQT by the IATA[4] (which assigned SAW to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey).[5] The airport's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) identifier is KSAW.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sawyer International Airport covers an area of 2,100 acres (850 ha). It has a single asphalt/concrete runway, 9,072 by 150 feet (2,765 by 46 m),[1] originally re-designed in 1959 to accommodate B-52 bombers and KC-135 tankers.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 17,166 aircraft operations, an average of 47 per day: 48% general aviation, 31% air taxi, 13% scheduled commercial service and 8% military. In October 2019, there were 41 aircraft based at this airport: 36 single-engine, 4 multi-engine and 1 jet.[1]

There is an industrial park, the Telkite Technology Park,[7] adjacent to the airport, with 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land and 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of space in a Michigan Renaissance Zone, which exempts the tenant or owner from the majority of state and local taxes.

The airport is home to the Marquette County Aviation Wall of Honor, which features many influential pilots and engineers.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul[9]
Sawyer Int'l Destinations January 2019


Carrier shares: (July 2018 – June 2019)[10]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air
Top Destinations from SAW (July 2018 - June 2019)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Detroit, MI (DTW) 21,330 Delta
2 Chicago, IL (ORD) 20,380 American
3 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP) 14,620 Delta


Ameriflight Lansing
FedEx Feeder operated by CSA Air Milwaukee
Pro Aire Cargo Appleton


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for SAW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand". Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Sawyer International Airport (IATA: MQT, ICAO: KSAW, FAA: SAW)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "Sawyer International: SAW (KSAW)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Telkite Technology Park". Telkite.
  8. ^ Hoyum, Kim (April 13, 2008). "Airmen Added to Wall of Honor". The Mining Journal. Marquette, MI.
  9. ^ Delta Booking Engine. Retrieved October 16, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - MQT". Retrieved September 17, 2019.

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