Sawyer International Airport

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Sawyer International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner Marquette County
Serves Marquette, Michigan
Location Gwinn, Michigan
Elevation  AMSL 1,204 ft / 367 m
Coordinates 46°21′13″N087°23′43″W / 46.35361°N 87.39528°W / 46.35361; -87.39528 Coordinates: 46°21′13″N087°23′43″W / 46.35361°N 87.39528°W / 46.35361; -87.39528
Website www.sawyerairport.com
Map
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MQT
Location of airport in Michigan
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MQT
MQT (the United States)
Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
1/199,0722,765Asphalt/concrete
Statistics
Departing passengers (12 months ending August 2021)41,080
Aircraft operations (2021)18,141
Based aircraft (2022)41
Sources: FAA, [1] MDOT [2]

Sawyer International Airport( IATA : MQT, ICAO : KSAW, FAA LID : SAW) is a county-owned public-use airport in Marquette County, Michigan, United States. It is located 17 nautical miles (20 mi; 31 km) south of the central business district of the city of Marquette. [1] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. [3]

Contents

This commercial and general aviation airport is located near Gwinn, on a portion of the former K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base, which closed in September 1995. The airport opened for passenger service in September 1999, serving Marquette and the surrounding area. It replaced the former Marquette County Airport ( IATA : MQT, ICAO : KMQT, FAA LID : MQT), which closed the same year.

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), this airport is assigned SAW by the FAA [1] and MQT by the IATA [4] (which assigned SAW to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey). [5] The airport's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) identifier is KSAW. [6]

In 2022, the airport sent out a survey to ask for input in a rebranding effort.

Facilities and aircraft

Aircraft Statistics

Sawyer International Airport covers an area of 2,100 acres (850 ha). It has a single asphalt/concrete runway, 9,072 by 150 feet (2,765 by 46 m), [1] originally re-designed in 1959 to accommodate B-52 bombers and KC-135 tankers. This airport is capable of handling aircraft as large as a Boeing 747-8 or a 777-200.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2021, the airport had 18,141 aircraft operations, an average of 50 per day: 54% general aviation, 38% air taxi, 1% scheduled commercial service and 7% military. In December 2022, there were 41 aircraft based at this airport: 36 single-engine, 4 multi-engine and 1 jet. [1]

Facilities

There is an industrial park, the Telkite Technology Park, [7] adjacent to the airport, with 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land and 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of space in a Michigan Renaissance Zone, which exempts the tenant or owner from the majority of state and local taxes.

The airport is home to the Marquette County Aviation Wall of Honor, which features many influential pilots and engineers. [8]

In 2022, the airport received a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair hangars. [9]

Upgrade Plans

The airline is planning on starting a significant renovation in 2023. $20 million will be allocated toward the project. Included in the project is a new fire suppression system in a military aircraft hangar, a terminal expansion, and new taxiway asphalt. The air traffic control tower will be upgraded in 2024, and new aircraft parking spaces will be added. The entire project could last until 2027. The project will also include security upgrades to be able to accept flights on bigger aircraft. [10]

Terminal upgrades will include an upgraded entrance, new art installations, new expansions, and a bigger size in general. The FAA will fund part of the project, including money from the federal CARES Act from the Covid-19 pandemic. The airport is collecting final funds in order to begin the project. [11]

The airport has already added new hangars to support airline operations at the airport. [12]

A number of unusable buildings will be torn down as part of the project.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit

Statistics

Carrier shares (September 2021 – August 2022) [13]
CarrierPassengers (arriving and departing)
SkyWest
62,500(62.67%)
Envoy Air
37,230(37.33%)
Top destinations from SAW (September 2020 – August 2021) [13]
RankAirportPassengersCarriers
1 Detroit, MI (DTW) 28,010Delta
2 Chicago, IL (ORD) 18,940American
3 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) 3,450Delta

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
Ameriflight Lansing
FedEx Feeder operated by CSA Air Milwaukee
PACC Air Appleton

Accidents & Incidents

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