Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $2.2 Million for Three Michigan Airports

Thursday, July 28, 2016

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that three Michigan airports will recieve over $2.2 million to rehabilitate runways, acquire land for development, improve structural integrity, and remove debris. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.

The Cherry Capital Airport has been awarded a $1,531,800 grant. The Sawyer International Airport has been awarded a $175,135,000 grant. The MBS International Airport has been awarded a $500,916 grant.

“This investment will make travelling to and from Michigan safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

“Ensuring that Michigan airports have modern infrastructure is important in securing a pleasant and efficient flight for passengers,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased that this funding will help upgrade the airport’s facilitates to promote safe air travel and increase tourism and commerce in the region.”

The Runway Incursion Management program helps to identify, prioritize, and develop strategies to help airport sponsors mitigate risk. The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies. More information about the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program can be found at