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Mackinac Island Airport
Mackinac Island Airport.jpg
Aerial view of Mackinac Island Airport as of May, 2007
Airport type Public
Owner Mackinac Island State Park Commission
Serves Mackinac Island, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 739 ft / 225 m
Coordinates 45°51′54″N 084°38′14″W / 45.86500°N 84.63722°W / 45.86500; -84.63722Coordinates: 45°51′54″N 084°38′14″W / 45.86500°N 84.63722°W / 45.86500; -84.63722

Location of airport in Michigan

Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 3,501 1,067 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2015) 11,100
Based aircraft (2017) 0
Source: Federal Aviation Administration

Mackinac Island Airport (IATA: MCDICAO: KMCDFAA LID: MCD) is a public use airport in Mackinac County, Michigan, United States. It is located one nautical mile (1.9 km) northwest of downtown Mackinac Island, Michigan in the center of Mackinac Island. The airport is owned by Mackinac Island State Park Commission. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a basic general aviation facility.

Mackinac Island Airport started as a grass strip in 1934. It got a paved runway in 1963 and a terminal building in 1969. A $4.6 million project in 2011-2012 moved the runway 65 feet east to a flatter location.

Facilities and aircraft

Mackinac Island Airport covers an area of 125 acres (51 ha) at an elevation of 739 feet (225 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 8/26 with a concrete surface measuring 3,501 by 75 feet (1,067 x 23 m).

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2015, the airport had 11,100 aircraft operations, with an average of 30 per day: 32% air taxi and 68% general aviation. In March 2017, there were no aircraft based at this airport.

  • The airport is staffed September through May from 7:30AM until 5:30PM, and June through August from 8AM until 5PM.
  • There is no fuel available at Mackinac Island Airport. The closest FBOs with fuel are in St. Ignace, Cheboygan, and Pellston.
  • No camping is allowed on Mackinac Island, but nearby Bois Blanc island has an airstrip and allows camping at the field.
  • Pilot Controlled Lighting is on 122.8, and UNICOM is on 122.7

Island Transit

  • The airport is accessible by road from Annex Road, and is close to (but not directly accessible from) M-185, Michigan's only highway that prohibits vehicles. One special note is that no motorized vehicles with the exception of emergency vehicles—and snowmobiles in winter—are allowed on Mackinac Island. Travel on the island is accomplished on foot, horse, horse-drawn vehicle, or bicycle.
  • Walking: The airport is about 1.6 miles by paved road from Market Street and the downtown area shops and restaurants.
  • Taxi: The Mackinac Island Taxi Service (owned and operated by Carriage Tours) runs horse-drawn taxi carriages 24 hours a day from May to October, with limited hours from November to April.
  • Bicycles: There are no bicycle rentals available at the airport, but there are several bicycle rental businesses downtown. Some private bikes can be stored in the racks outside the airport terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations 
Fresh Air Aviation Charter: Beaver Island
Great Lakes Air Bois Blanc Island, Cheboygan, Pellston, St. Ignace
Island Airways Charter: Beaver Island–Welke
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