Sawyer International Airport

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula airports will benefit from funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

The DOT announced $477 million in infrastructure grants for 264 airports across the country on Wednesday. The money will go toward projects to rehabilitate and construct runways and taxiways and acquire and replace equipment to ensure the safety of passengers and airline workers.

Sawyer International Airport is getting $678,150 and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie $155,325.

SAWYER, MI--   Starting Monday Sawyer International Airport is offering TSA PreCheck.

PreCheck allows travelers deemed a low risk by the Transportation Security Administration to pass through an expedited security screening. Passengers in the PreCheck program also do not have to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.

Sawyer is the first airport in the U.P. to offer TSA PreCheck. It joins more than 200 airports and 67 airlines nationwide to offer the service.


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SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport’s Duane DuRay has been named Airport Manager of the Year by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives. 

He was given the award at the association’s 66th annual Fall Conference. The MAAE says DuRay continues to work on projects that improve the airport, including runway rehabilitation, several grants, addition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul flight option, and moving the airport to a higher level of security.

DuRay has served as the airport manager since 2012, following his position at Gogebic Iron County Airport.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sawyer International Airport and emergency management and response agencies are conducting a full-scale exercise at the airport Saturday. 

Teresa Schwalbach is the Marquette County Emergency Management Coordinator. She says the exercise allows emergency response agencies to learn what to do if something happens by testing communications, mutual aid, and emergency response procedures.

The exercise will take place at two locations—physically at the airport and virtually at UPHS-Marquette. Volunteer patients will be present at Sawyer only.

SAWYER, MI--   Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey will be studying the geology of the Central U.P. over the next few months. 

People may witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Escanaba-Marquette region this spring and summer. Scientists will conduct a high-resolution survey to help them understand the geology—including buried rock types and faults—of the area.

MARQUETTE, MI--   One of the largest aircrafts in the world is landing at Sawyer International Airport this week. 

The Antonov AN-124 is tentatively scheduled to arrive Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. Its purpose is to pick up a South Korean helicopter, which has been at Sawyer for about six months. The Korean aerospace industry and South Korean Army have been working with the U.S. Army to run de-icing tests on military aircraft.

The AN-124 is used for heavy cargo and is in demand for carrying special goods. It’s expected to leave Sawyer Thursday at 12:30 a.m.

SAWYER, MI--   A morning flight to Detroit from Sawyer International Airport is returning in March. 

SkyWest Airlines, operating as Delta, will operate two daily flights to Detroit Metro. The earlier flight will depart at approximately 10:26 a.m. Sawyer will continue its current flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 7:30 a.m. and its non-stop flight to Chicago O’Hare via American Airlines at 8:47 a.m.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is getting nearly $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the funding Tuesday. The money will be used for improvement projects, including runway rehabilitation.

Airport Manager Duane DuRay says the grants will allow Marquette County to complete long-overdue projects. He says at the same time it will reduce operating expenses and let Sawyer International continue to offer service to the central U.P. 

SAWYER, MI--   Marquette County is getting money from the Federal Aviation Administration for Sawyer International Airport. 

Just over $175,000 will be used to rehabilitate runways, improve structural integrity, and remove debris at the airport.

The money comes through the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation Program, which helps airports identify, prioritize, and develop strategies to mitigate risk.