3300 Airport Road, Escanaba, Michigan 49829
(906) 786-4902 ~ Fax: (906)-786-2583
Flying from your local airport supports the local economy. The airport does supply jobs to the area but also has a huge indirect effect. Before a business locates to a community, they are checking on ways to get to the community. Without close access to an airport, there is a good chance that a business, looking for expansion or relocation, will overlook your community. The economic health of the airport can be an indicator of economic health of the community.
Commercial service airports are Part 139 certified by the FAA. These requirements can be costly for small communities, for example; having a certified fire fighter on the field for the commercial flight take offs and landings. This dictates hours for personnel and costly training requirements. Although the commercial service contributes to financial burdens, it also allows for participation in the Federal Programs. One such program is the Airport Improvement Program which is funded by the FAA. If a Part 139 commercial airport has 10,000 boardings a year it becomes eligible for $1,000,000 in funding for approved projects i.e. runways, taxiway, lighting, snow removal equipment, etc. Airports not reaching 10,000 have access to $150,000. For the purpose of maintaining an airfield this funding is vital.
Since 9/11 Delta County Airport has struggled to meet the 10,000 boardings (we were approaching 20,000 a year). Airlines have changed, the Essential Air Service program became a reality for our airport, and the aviation industry itself went through many changes. Some of those years we were grandfathered in the Airport Improvement Program; some years we did reach 10,000 boardings. In recent years, airline service and carrier change has not helped to produce the 10,000 needed boardings. Here comes the good news! Delta Airlines has provided jet service and convenient schedules with 12 flights a week to Detroit. Last year as jet service changes were implemented, passenger boardings increased and put us well over 13,000 boardings for the year. What a good reason to celebrate!
Plan a trip, buy an airline ticket, fly locally, and support your community! It has never been EASIER! We have Worldwide connections through the Detroit hub, direct jet flights, and FREE parking; Minutes from Home, not Hours!
Fly from nearby and support your local airport and community! Check for tickets on line at www.delta.com, call 800-221-1212 or check with a travel agent.