5 Mich. airports get $8.8M in grants

The U.S. Transportation Department has approved $8.8 million to upgrade five airports across Michigan, including Muskegon County Airport.
AP Wire
Jun 25, 2014


Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced the funding Tuesday.

Muskegon County Airport in Norton Shores gets $2.2 million for research and runway work.

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport gets $1.5 million for runway work and buying new land.

Sawyer International Airport in the Upper Peninsula will use $1.1 million to improve runway lighting and buy an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle.

Flint's Bishop International Airport gets $1.8 million for runway lighting upgrades, an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, and a deicing containment facility.

A $2.2 million grant will help the Capital Region International Airport in Ingham County's Lansing Township expand a building and fix a runway.


Say no to new taxes

I can't imagine how much money Muskegon Airpirt loses every year. Does anyone know the actual number?


I was wondering if we spent millions as proposed would air traffic suddenly pick up and the facility become self sufficient? They have few destinations and a lousy schedule for many business travelers and runway improvements will likely not make much difference.
Its seems like another pile of money that we spend because it's there.

Barry Soetoro

At last count, MKG was the recipient of $660K (annually) in taxpayer money through the DOT Essential Air Service program. This 660K gets MKG two commercial flights a day on United. I believe the money goes to United and not the Muskegon airport. This program has been going on for years so - to answer your question - I don't think air traffic is suddenly going to pick up. Anyone who values their time doesn't use Muskegon as the two flights per day are the most inconvenient when it comes to making connections in O'Hare - noon and early evening. A few years back, 17.7 million of your taxpayer dollars were spent to lengthen runway 14/32 to help accommodate these two commercial flights per day in the event the wind wasn't blowing in the right direction to where they could use runway 6/24.


You do know airports have more than commercial traffic? Therefore, bringing revenue to the airport. General aviation has more flights in the air than commercial flights on any given day.


I smell waste in this project, the longer runway was good but this seems wasteful, like the 231 bypass is so downsized it's another 120th street 1/2 mile from the original 120th St. differing only in the bridge across the river to 96. They went through buying properties like Opec Sheiks for 4 lanes of access; the project uses up funds anticipating more that didn’t come so the 4 lanes became 2 with bridges over streets you don't stop for anyway if taking 120th. I feel this is another typical government project were you spend the money because if we don't someone else will get it and spend it on something that turns out to be something they didn’t really need either.


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