Cherry Capital Airport
Cherry Capital Airport terminal
|Owner||Grand Traverse & Leelanau Counties|
|Serves||Traverse City, Michigan|
|Elevation AMSL||624 ft / 190 m|
Cherry Capital Airport (IATA: TVC, ICAO: KTVC, FAA LID: TVC) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (2.3 mi; 3.7 km) southeast of the central business district of Traverse City, in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.
Cherry Capital Airport was opened in 1936 as Traverse City Airport, replacing Ransom Field. The airport was moved onto the Coast Guard Air Station which had opened in 1946. The airport opened with 4 runways, all but one of which have been replaced. Remnants of the former runways exist to this day, with some being left abandoned and privately owned.
In the fall of 2004, Cherry Capital opened a new terminal on the south side of the east-west runway, demolishing the old one on the north side. This project also reconfiguring the runways, removing the third diagonal runway. Since then, Cherry Capital Airport has continued to grow with various carriers adding seasonal service and destinations.
Cherry Capital Airport was the recipient of the 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 Balchen/Post Awards for outstanding achievement in snow and ice control in the small commercial service airport category. Soon,[when?] the airport will implement the first biometric access systems in the country. The airport is the ninth to implement the advanced security measures suggested after the September 11, 2001, attacks. This terminal is able to comply better with security regulations and supports a greater number of flights and passengers.
In 2013 and 2017, the airport extended the east-west runway of the airport to the east and west respectively to accommodate more flights to more locations, possibly to upgrade to an international airport for Air Canada Express flights.
The Airport has one concourse with six gates. Cherry Capital Airport covers an area of 1,026 acres (415 ha) at an elevation of 624 feet (190 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 6,901 by 150 feet (2,103 by 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,378 by 150 feet (1,639 by 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 84,834 aircraft operations , an average of 232 per day: 73% general aviation, 11% scheduled commercial, 7% military, and 9% air taxi. At that time, there were 107 aircraft based at this airport: 80 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 4 jet and 6 helicopter.
In February 2009, Forbes magazine ranked Cherry Capital Airport second in their list of the top ten "rip-off" airports in the United States, citing an average cost per mile to travelers departing TVC of 41 cents.
The airport has one fixed-based operator, AvFlight.
|Allegiant Air|| Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater |
Seasonal: Punta Gorda (FL)
|American Eagle|| Chicago-O'Hare |
Seasonal: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington-National
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Detroit|
Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
|United Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
|United Express|| Chicago-O'Hare|
Seasonal: Denver, Newark, Washington-Dulles
|1||Chicago, IL (ORD)||86,000||American, United|
|2||Detroit, MI (DTW)||58,000||Delta|
|3||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)||9,000||American|
|4||St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (PIE)||9,000||Allegiant|
|5||Orlando-Sanford, FL (SFB)||8,000||Allegiant|
|6||Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)||7,000||Delta|
|7||Punta Gorda, FL (PGD)||7,000||Allegiant|
|8||Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (AZA)||6,000||Allegiant|
|9||Denver, CO (DEN)||2,000||United|
|10||Charlotte, NC (CLT)||1,000||American|