Cherry Capital Airport Designated As Regional Airport Authority

Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City is now a Regional Airport Authority.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the request by Grand Traverse and Leelanau County on Friday.

The two counties have owned and operated the airport since the mid-90’s.

The new board says becoming an independent regional Authority has been a goal since 2017. Currently, the airport sees nearly 600,000 travelers each year.

They’re hoping the transition will allow them to streamline the way the airport is governed, and create more opportunities for revenue and growth.

“What it means for everyone is that doing business at the airport is easier for airlines and general aviation groups and if they can do it easier then that means better fares, more seats in the market and so it’s an overall win for our community today,” said Kevin Klein, Director of Cherry Capital Airport.

Cherry Capital will be governed by a new Northwest Regional Airport Authority board.