Sawyer International Airport

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Sawyer International Airport
Sawyer Airport Logo.jpg
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Airport type Public
Owner Marquette County
Serves Marquette, Michigan
Location Gwinn, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 1,221 ft / 372 m
Coordinates 46°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
MQT is located in Michigan
Location of airport in Michigan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 12,370 3,770 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Total passengers 80,657
Aircraft operations 13,410
Based aircraft 39
Sources: FAA,[1] MDOT[2]

Sawyer International Airport (IATA: MQTICAO: KSAWFAA 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]

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: MQTICAO: KMQTFAA 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[3] (which assigned SAW to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey).[4] The airport's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) identifier is KSAW.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sawyer International Airport covers an area of 2,100 acres (850 ha). It has a single asphalt/concrete runway, 12,370 by 150 feet (3,770 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, 2011, the airport had 21,345 aircraft operations (a decrease from 22,515 operations in 2008), an average of 58 per day: 49% general aviation, 49% air taxi, 2% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. There are 45 aircraft based at this airport: 87% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

There is an industrial park, the Telkite Technology Park,[6] 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.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Top Destinations from SAW (Dec 2014 - Nov 2015) [8]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Detroit, MI (DTW) 29,000 Delta Connection
2 Chicago, IL (ORD) 13,000 American Eagle


Airlines Destinations
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 January 10, 2013
  2. ^ "Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sawyer International Airport (IATA: MQT, ICAO: KSAW, FAA: SAW)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sawyer International: SAW (KSAW)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Telkite Technology Park". Telkite. 
  7. ^ Hoyum, Kim (April 13, 2008). "Airmen Added to Wall of Honor". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI). 
  8. ^, MI: Sawyer International&carrier=FACTS

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