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Airport Update COVID-19

CHIPPEWA TRAVELERS – Thank you for hanging in there with us during these trying times. We wanted to update you on a few things at the airport. All flights to/from Chippewa continue to operate. In June there will be some flight time changes, but we will still be operating daily round trips to Detroit and Minneapolis. Other changes that have taken place over the past few months relate specifically to the potential life altering virus affecting our lives. As with all public entities, additional sanitization of the building and aircraft are taking place. The airline fogs (with sanitizer) the aircraft… Read More »


Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) Increases Passenger Counts In 2019

Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport (CIU) increased 5% in 2019, when compared to 2018, which too was an increase from past years. 48,344 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2019, which was an increase of 2,000 passengers over 2018. “The way our passenger numbers were increasing throughout the year, I really thought we would break 50,000 passengers this year”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau, but we came up a little short”. “Although that would have been great, what business isn’t pleased with a 5 % increase year after year”? “I want to thank air travelers in… Read More »


County EDC Board Welcomes Mr. Jeff Hagan to Board of Directors

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners during its Regular session on Thursday, January 2nd appointed Mr. Jeff Hagan as a Board of Director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hagan will replace Mr. Kurt Perron who elected not to be considered for reappointment. In addition the EDC also welcomed the reappointment of Director’s Dan Dasho and Dr. Ralf Wilhelms to the County EDC Board for a 6 year term. Mr. Hagan is currently the CEO of Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (EUPRPDC). The EUPRPDC is one of 14 Regional Agencies in the State of Michigan… Read More »


Dr. Kimberly Muller Joins the Chippewa County EDC Board of Directors

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners during its Regular session on Thursday, February 14th appointed Dr. Kimberly Muller as a Board of Director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Muller will serve the remaining term of Mr. Kevin White who resigned from the Board in December 2018. Dr. Muller’s appointment is effective immediately and will expire on March 31, 2022.  Dr. Muller is currently the dean of Lake Superior State Universities College of Innovation and Solutions, comprised of LSSU’s School of Engineering & Technology, the School of Mathematics & Computer Science, and the Lukenda School of Business. Muller… Read More »


Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) Record Breaking Passenger Counts in 2018

The addition of the Minneapolis flight in November of 2017 has really paid off for the entire EUP and Algoma region. Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport increased 5.5% in 2018. 46,343 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2018. “The new flight to Minneapolis had never been tried and we weren’t sure how it would be received by the flying public”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau. The thought process behind the additional hub change was that CIU passengers would have more flight options, competitive pricing, greater international flight options, and we would also eliminate the 5:00 a.m…. Read More »


State Grant to Help Chippewa County Reuse Airport Buildings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state grant will help Chippewa County find new uses for vacant buildings at a former Air Force base in Michigan‘s Upper Peninsula. The Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $45,000 in brownfield funding to the Chippewa County International Airport. It will help the county’s Economic Development Corporation evaluate under-used buildings on the airport grounds and determine what types of cleanups and asbestos treatments are needed. The airport was formerly the Kincheloe Air Force Base. It was closed as a military installation in the late 1970s. The state DEQ uses brownfield grants to help communities make new… Read More »


Mid-Year Passenger totals at Chippewa County International Airport 6% greater than in 2017

Over 20,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) through June 2018. This represents an increase of over 6% from 2017 totals to date. Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which has provided passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro. If 2018 second half totals remain as strong as the first half all indications are that Chippewa County International could have one of its best years on record.   “CIU remains a… Read More »


Runway Lighting Project

Chippewa County International Airport Completes Runway Lighting Project Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) recently completed a runway lighting modernization project.  New airfield lighting on Runway 10/28, the 5,000 foot crosswind runway, was upgraded to LED lights.  This upgrade will replace the current 19 year old lighting, reduce energy costs, and minimize future maintenance.  J.R. Ranck was the contractor on this project which totaled $800,000.00.   In addition to lighting, all runway and taxiway surfaces were crack sealed to maintain the integrity of all pavements that were improved several years ago.  “Infrastructure improvements increase safety and benefit the airport for many years”,… Read More »


Delta Global Services at CIU Receives 2017 “Station of the Year”

“Delta Global Services” (DAL Global Services-DAL) a Delta Airline aviation services company at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) was recently awarded 2017 “Station of the Year”.  Over seventy (70) North Central Region DAL teams were vying for this honor.  The criteria for this award is based on a daily score card of goals, which are expected to be accomplished for each flight.  These goals include, but are not limited to; passenger ticketing & check-in, passenger assistance, baggage handling, aircraft de-icing, fuel requests, monitor air/ground communications, and to log all “on time” events related to aircraft departure readiness.  The Chippewa County… Read More »


Passenger totals at Chippewa County International Airport 8% greater than 2016

Over 44,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport in 2017, which is 3,242 more than 2016.  Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which will provide passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro.  “Flying into two major hubs will allow passengers to choose the flight times and travel schedule which best accommodates their travel needs, and will also provide the ability to compare ticket prices”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau.  “So far… Read More »


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