Sawyer International Airport

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport will begin offering more flights next month. 

SkyWest (dba Delta) will increase its flight schedule to Detroit beginning May 5 with an additional turn flight to Detroit. Officials say with the new schedule SkyWest will continue its early morning departure along with a mid-morning departure to Detroit, allowing passengers to continue their travel the same day.

SkyWest will also continue the daily flight to Minneapolis. American Airlines will add a second flight to Chicago beginning May 6.

DETROIT, MI--   U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding Sawyer International Airport in Gwinn $4,664,280 and Delta County Airport in Escanaba $4,063,469.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Upper Peninsula airports are getting federal funding to make improvements.

An $8.7 million Federal Aviation Administration grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to support airports affected by COVID-19.

SAWYER, MI--   Delta Airlines is increasing the number of flights each day at Sawyer International Airport.

Beginning Thursday the Detroit time will return to an early-morning departure.

American Airlines will add a second flight to Chicago beginning July 7.

Sawyer has enacted enhanced protocols to keep passengers safe. They include additional hand-sanitizing stations and the frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is getting another grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The $400,500 grant will be used to seal cracks on the runways and taxiways. It will also be used to purchase a 5,500-gallon chemical storage tank for the sand and chemical storage building.

Congressman Jack Bergman says this is the second major investment in Sawyer by the Department of Transportation in the past year. Last September the airport received more than $1 million for construction and utilities.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is the second fastest growing airport in Michigan.

The airport’s 3rd Quarterly Performance Update indicates the total number of passengers at Sawyer increased 12 percent last year to 120,516. Only Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City grew faster.

The report also says fare levels are down 2 percent compared with last year’s 3rd quarter, while airline revenue is up 9 percent.

SAWYER, MI--   Officials at Sawyer International Airport are providing tips to help make your holiday travel a more positive experience. 

They say remember the 3-1-1 Liquid Rule: 3-ounce containers or smaller in 1 quart-size clear plastic bag; one bag per traveler.

Wait to wrap any gifts you’re bringing until you get to your destination in case they need to be inspected.

Build in extra time for your trip, be patient, and plan to arrive early.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport has received a major grant for expansion of a hangar.

Congressman Jack Bergman announced the $1,099,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday. Airport officials applied for the funding from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airports Program. It will be used to design and engineer the expansion of Hangar 665 so it can service larger aircraft.

SAWYER, MI--   Two people are safe after their plane crash-landed near a field about five miles east of Sawyer International Airport Monday night.

Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post say the crash site was on County Road 545 near Falstedt Road. The 48-year-old pilot says he lost engine power while in flight around 8:30 p.m. and had to make an emergency landing. He says he overshot a field he was aiming for, landed on CR 545, veered off the roadway and hit some trees.

The pilot and his 8-year-old son were located outside of the plane, uninjured.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Sawyer International Airport is celebrating 20 years in business.

In 1994 KI Sawyer Air Force Base closed, leaving a 12,700 foot runway and a vast expanse of land. Scott Erbisch is Marquette County’s Administrator and formerly the Director of Operations at Sawyer. He says, "Moving the airport from the former Negaunee Township location seemed like the right opportunity for Marquette County to potentially grow its airport flight options and to position the airport for more economic development opportunities.”