Airport Updates

General Aviation Construction Update

Great progress is being made on the General Aviation Building Construction. Even with the harsh winter conditions, work continues. The new building will have a modern design that will allow operation expansion as well as increase efficiency for travelers. The terminal will have a separate screening area on the first floor for international flights and passengers while they are waiting for U.S. Customs clearance into the United States. The second floor will serve as the administrative office for the CCEDC and CIU airport management. Construction is scheduled to be completed in September of 2022. (Image taken January 25th, 2022) (Images… Read More »


Don’t Wrap Before You Fly

CIU wants to remind you this holiday season to wait until you wrap your packages if you plan on taking them through security as a carry-on. TSA will unwrap any packages to determine if they are a security threat. Gifts can be wrapped in your checked baggage. Happy holidays and remember to Fly From Nearby – CIU


Former General Aviation Terminal

Today we watched in excitement as the former General Aviation terminal was being torn down. Although it was bittersweet, we are ready for the new GA terminal construction to begin. In July we announced that the Chippewa County International Airport is receiving over $5 million in grant funds which will be used for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s general aviation terminal building to improve operations and efficiency for travelers and baggage moving throughout the airport. This new building will be funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation…. Read More »


Second Best July in History

July 2021 was our second-best July in history! Over 5,000 passengers flew CIU in the month of July. We appreciate your continued support of your local airport.


General Aviation Terminal Reconstruction

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Chippewa County International Airport is receiving over $5 million in grant funds, as announced Friday afternoon. The U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding approximately $5,271,043 to the airport, which will be used for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s general aviation terminal building to improve operations and efficiency for travelers and baggage moving throughout the airport. This new building will be funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. “The new building will have state of the art technology,” said Tami Beseau, airport manager…. Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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