Posted on July 27th, 2021

General Aviation Terminal Reconstruction

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Chippewa County International Airport is receiving over $5 million in grant funds, as announced Friday afternoon.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding approximately $5,271,043 to the airport, which will be used for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s general aviation terminal building to improve operations and efficiency for travelers and baggage moving throughout the airport. This new building will be funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.

“The new building will have state of the art technology,” said Tami Beseau, airport manager. “Online meetings, conference calls and computerized presentations have become the norm during the recent pandemic and our lack of technology presented many challenges as we continued to do business.”

The airport has been working with its Federal Aviation Administration partners for over 10 years to secure funding for this project. The funding for this facility was finally secured in 2019.

The current general aviation terminal is a former military building and in need of major repair. This new terminal building will provide a warm welcome to air charter passengers and pilots flying to the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The two-story facility …

Posted on April 8th, 2021

New Information Regarding Chippewa County Air CIU Travelers

Chippewa Travelers –
“We are pleased to announce that CIU will be installing an xray baggage screening unit! This unit will eliminate the process of ALL bags being physically inspected by TSA agents.
The increase in airline passengers in 2019 has warranted this upgrade. It’s because of you, the passengers that support local air travel, that we are able to gain air travel amenities that in the past were only available to larger airports. Thank you for your continued support of CIU!
On a side note, passenger air travel is beginning to increase as vaccines are available to all, and the public is familiar and comfortable with safety measures required to fly. Travel deals are out there so if you are considering a “get away”, please check us out.
As always we appreciate you “flying from nearby”, and supporting your local airport.”
– Airport Management, Chippewa County International Airport – CIU
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Posted on January 23rd, 2020


January 23, 2020


Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport (CIU) increased 5% in 2019, when compared to 2018, which too was an increase from past years. 48,344 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2019, which was an increase of 2,000 passengers over 2018.

“The way our passenger numbers were increasing throughout the year, I really thought we would break 50,000 passengers this year”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau, but we came up a little short”. “Although that would have been great, what business isn’t pleased with a 5 % increase year after year”?

“I want to thank air travelers in the EUP, Northern Lower Michigan and the Algoma region for continuing to support, the Chippewa County Int’l Airport”, said Beseau.

Skywest Airlines a Delta Connection carrier continues to provide reliable service to/from Detroit and Minneapolis seven days a week. In 2019, Skywest Airlines completed 98% of their scheduled flights. Having a 98% assurance your flight out of Chippewa will be completed is important to those business travelers flying regularly for work, and those travelers that are taking a much anticipated time certain vacation.

In the winter months, …

Posted on May 24th, 2019

Portland Business Leaders Fly Restored DC3

Portland business leaders fly restored DC3 to Normandy, France for 75th Anniversary of D Day

PORTLAND, OR – On Friday morning, May 24, a group of Portland area business leaders will fly to Normandy, France, to join the celebration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day, honoring the brave soldiers of that historic battle. 11 adventurous passengers and crew will make this trip in a restored DC3. And, to make this special trip even more interesting, they will follow a flight path of the actual troop carrier flights en route to D Day. On the morning of May 24, 2019, 8 passengers and 3 crew members (mechanics) depart from the Aurora Airport in a restored 1937 DC 3, owned by Pete Nickerson, on a trip commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day. For this memorable flight, 6 of the passengers are pilots, and 5 are also military Veterans.

The flight departs from Aurora, Oregon (about 24 miles south of Portland) early in the morning and will have stops in Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, New York, Maine, and Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland before landing in Duxford, England on May 31. The plane will cruise at 5,000 feet, traveling at roughly

Posted on January 11th, 2019

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) Record Breaking Passenger Counts in 2018

The addition of the Minneapolis flight in November of 2017 has really paid off for the entire EUP and Algoma region. Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport increased 5.5% in 2018. 46,343 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2018. “The new flight to Minneapolis had never been tried and we weren’t sure how it would be received by the flying public”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau.

The thought process behind the additional hub change was that CIU passengers would have more flight options, competitive pricing, greater international flight options, and we would also eliminate the 5:00 a.m. departure which was an inconvenience to our customers. After one full year of the new route, it appears passengers have found it beneficial.
“The fact that an airport our size is providing service to both Detroit and Minneapolis is a huge economic tool for our entire area, and the benefits for leisure and business travelers to compare schedules, routes and prices makes air travel out of the local airport an option, and that wasn’t always the case”, said Beseau.

We are expecting the upward trend to continue in 2019, as CIU ticket prices continue to be competitive; the airport will …

Posted on July 24th, 2018

Chippewa County International Airport completes Runway Lighting Project

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) recently completed a runway lighting modernization project. New airfield lighting on Runway 10/28, the 5,000 foot crosswind runway, was upgraded to LED lights. This upgrade will replace the current 19 year old lighting, reduce energy costs, and minimize future maintenance. J.R. Ranck was the contractor on this project which totaled $800,000.00. In addition to lighting, all runway and taxiway surfaces were crack sealed to maintain the integrity of all pavements that were improved several years ago.

“Infrastructure improvements increase safety and benefit the airport for many years”, stated Tami Beseau, Airport Manager. “Public use of our facility continues to grow, with May 2018, surpassing all previous Mays total passengers”. “Upgraded, and well maintained infrastructure plays a large part in the public’s increased confidence in our facility”, stated Beseau.

Both projects were funded through USDOT- Airport Improvement Program (AIP), State of Michigan, Chippewa County, and the Chippewa County EDC.
The Chippewa County EDC manages CIU and the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park. Department of Transportation studies indicate that CIU provides more than 11 million dollars in direct income to residents in the county. Sales to suppliers and the “ripple effects” of income re-spending bring the total impact …

Posted on July 24th, 2018

Mid-Year Passenger totals at Chippewa County International (CIU) Airport 6% greater than in 2017

Over 20,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) through June 2018. This represents an increase of over 6% from 2017 totals to date. Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which has provided passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro. If 2018 second half totals remain as strong as the first half all indications are that Chippewa County International could have one of its best years on record. “CIU remains a vital link for passengers travelling to and from our area”, stated EDC President Chris Olson. “These strong passenger totals are indicators of consumer spending which translates into significant economic impacts to the area”. For information regarding flight schedules, visit: Airciu.com and for tickets and pricing Delta.com.

The Chippewa County EDC manages the Chippewa County International Airport. Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life.…

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

Delta Global Services at CIU Receives 2017 “Station of the Year”

“Delta Global Services” (DAL Global Services-DAL) a Delta Airline aviation services company at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) was recently awarded 2017 “Station of the Year”. Over seventy (70) North Central Region DAL teams were vying for this honor. The criteria for this award is based on a daily score card of goals, which are expected to be accomplished for each flight. These goals include, but are not limited to; passenger ticketing & check-in, passenger assistance, baggage handling, aircraft de-icing, fuel requests, monitor air/ground communications, and to log all “on time” events related to aircraft departure readiness. The Chippewa County EDC would like to congratulate the DAL team for this award and the outstanding service it has provided for over 44,000 CIU passengers in 2017.
The Chippewa County EDC manages the Chippewa County International Airport, the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park, and a two and a half mile railroad. The company also operates a winter automobile testing facility in Kincheloe.…

Posted on January 9th, 2018

Passenger totals at Chippewa County International Airport 8% greater than 2016

Over 44,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport in 2017, which is 3,242 more than 2016.  Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which will provide passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro.  “Flying into two major hubs will allow passengers to choose the flight times and travel schedule which best accommodates their travel needs, and will also provide the ability to compare ticket prices”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau.  “So far the Minneapolis route has been well received by passengers and the 7:30 a.m. daily departure is  much better than the 5:00 a.m. departure that we have had in years past”, stated Beseau. If the 2017 numbers are any indication Chippewa County International will continue to experience passenger growth in 2018, which for CIU passengers may mean more flights, better pricing or perhaps even larger aircraft.  For information regarding flight schedules, visit: Airciu.com and for tickets and pricing Delta.com. 

Recent Community Benefits Assessment by the Michigan Department of Transportation showed that the Chippewa County International Airport activities and air/industrial park tenants …

Posted on May 8th, 2015

Delta to add second Saturday flight

Responding to a steadily growing demand for flights over the past several years, Delta Airlines will now offer fourteen non-stop jet flights per week to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Delta announced that starting in May they will be offering a second flight on Saturdays from Chippewa County International Airport. Passenger counts have climbed on available flights from Chippewa Count International for years, especially since the advent of Jet service in 2011. The airport saw its second busiest month ever in March and is ahead of last year’s pace for the first quarter. More than 40,000 passengers a year pass through the passenger terminal at Kincheloe. According to a study conducted by Lake Superior State University’s Marketing Research class last fall, 63 percent of the passengers are U.S. residents and 36 percent are Canadian. Two thirds of the travelers are on business trips and one third travel for personal reasons. Managed by the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa County International has obtained millions of dollars in federal and state grant funds for improvements and maintenance over the years. Following last year’s 3.5 million dollar repaving project, the main runway will be improved again this summer with a 1.5 million dollar lighting …

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