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TVC Awarded Airport of the Year

(Traverse City, MI) February 23rd, 2018 – Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) was awarded Airport of the Year by MDOT-AERO (2017), for the outstanding efforts associated with the rehabilitation and extension of Runway 10/28. Read the full article... Read the full article...

Cherry Capital Airport See Record Breaking Summer Traffic

September 6, 2018 - The Cherry Capital airport had a record summer with more than 80,000 passengers in July alone. Read the full article...

Road Trip: 3 Days in Northern Michigan

July 19, 2018 - This 500-mile road trip starts in Traverse City and ends in Copper Harbor, bridging Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, while visiting three out of five Great Lakes. Read the full article...

Cherry Capital Airport given more than $1 mil federal grant for upgrades

$1.47 million grant as part of $659.8 million in airport infrastructure grants given to airports across the county by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read the full article...

Traverse City Welcomes Largest And First Mainline United Airlines Flight to Cherry Capital Airport – 9 & 10 News

June 9, 2018 The largest and first mainline United Airlines flight ever in Traverse City landed Saturday at Cherry Capital Airport. TVC welcomed the largest mainline United Airlines flight coming from Chicago after extending their runway last year. Read the full article...

Innovator: Air passenger count reflects area's economy

TRAVERSE CITY — There are many ways to measure the trends in Northern Michigan’s economy — but among the most-telling might be the turnstiles at Cherry Capital Airport. As the airport surges toward a half-million passengers a year — it was 476,767 in 2017 and trending up again this year — passenger counts continue to be an accurate harbinger of regional economic and business trends as much as more-traditional economic indicators such as home sales, property values and unemployment rates. Read the full article...

TVC Airport Economic Impact

In addition to record-breaking numbers for 2017, Cherry Capital Airport officials learned Tuesday that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has officially reviewed and approved a report previously released as a draft that estimates the airport's economic impact at nearly $1 billion. The 2017 Michigan Aviation System Plan – which was last updated in 2008 – measures the direct and indirect economic impacts of more than 100 Michigan airports.

Project Manager Stephanie Ward of Mead & Hunt, which assisted MDOT with the study, told airport officials Cherry Capital Airport is ranked a Tier 1 – or “critical” – airport in the state, and that the facility ranks only behind Detroit Metro and Grand Rapids’ Gerald R. Ford airports in terms of economic impact (those facilities produce $10.6 billion and $3.2 billion, respectively). Traverse City’s next closest competitor is Flint-Bishop International, which generates $407,182 annually in economic activity.

Ward said the report estimated that 114 airports identified as “critical to making the (transportation) system of the state work” produced a total annual economic impact of close to $22 billion. “You’re 1/22 of the overall impact, which is pretty significant,” she told officials. Visitors to Traverse City also stay longer and spend more money compared to other major competing commercial airline destinations in the state, Ward said.

TSA’s 2018 Spring Break Travel Tips

Ahhh, depending on what part of the country you’re in, there’s still a lot of cold weather to come, but spring break is in the air!  | Read this blog post for tips and links to information on some of the most common travel-related questions as well as insider information on security updates and new web/app features.

Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) Awarded Airport of the Year

(Traverse City, MI) February 23rd, 2018 – Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) was awarded Airport of the Year by MDOT-AERO (2017), for the outstanding efforts associated with the rehabilitation and extension of Runway 10/28. Countless hours were spent developing and implementing the substantial project, which allows air carrier aircraft to operate at their optimum capacities, resulting in increased efficiencies for airlines and enhanced service for passengers. | Read the full story...

LaGuardia to TVC to Take Off June 23rd
DFW to TVC Non-Stop Service to Return June 7th

(Traverse City, Michigan) – Cherry Capital Airport officials are pleased to announce that American Airlines has returned non-stop service between NYC’s LaGuardia Airport and TVC – after a four year hiatus. The service will begin on Saturday, June 23rd and run through Sunday, September 2nd. “This weekend only service continues to show the commitment on behalf of American Airlines to grow our air service. It is a result of continued enthusiasm by our travelers – first time visitors and returning visitors from the East Coast region discovering what our Pure Michigan Region is all about,” stated Kevin Klein, Airport Director. | Read the full story...

Business Travel a Priority at TVC for 2018

Kevin C. Klein, A.A.E. In communities that are heavy in the tourism industry like ours, business travelers ask, “what about me”? Cherry Capital Airport has been working hard to make sure our business traveler is not only valued, but prioritized. Since 2011, Cherry Capital Airport has been working with the airlines to offer the best business focused schedule, not only in the summer, but year around. Flight schedules have been a priority in airline meetings throughout the year. Flights begin early in the morning destined for major hubs connecting to nearly every major city in the world. TVC’s flights are scheduled to allow the business traveler coming or leaving, the opportunity to meet nearly all routes destined to every region of the globe. | Read the full story...

Passenger Traffic – 2017 Eclipsed 2016 by 5.6%

(Traverse City, MI) - Cherry Capital Airport is pleased to announce that passenger traffic has outpaced ANY year previous to 2017. Kevin Klein, Airport Director released the record setting number of passengers traveling by way of TVC Airport during the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission meeting late yesterday. | Read the full story...

Cherry Capital Airport On Track For Record Year

(Beth Milligan - The Ticker) After welcoming a record-setting number of passengers in 2016, Cherry Capital Airport is on track to have an even bigger year in 2017. Passenger figures released Tuesday show July was the busiest “ever in the history of Cherry Capital Airport,” according to Airport Director Kevin Klein, with overall year-to-date numbers up 4.9 percent over 2016.

An estimated 77,351 total passengers came through the airport last month, a 5.7 percent increase over last July’s 73,194 count. June was also up 3.3 percent this year, bringing in 46,218 passengers compared to 44,720 in 2016. Klein attributes the summer increase to the introduction of direct flights to and from Dallas Ft. Worth for the first time this year. | Read the full story...

Cherry Capital Airport Director Kevin Klein Receives Airport Manager of The Year Award

(Traverse City, MI) September 18, 2017 – The Michigan Association of Airport Executives has honored Cherry Capital Airport’s Kevin Klein with the Airport Manager of the Year Award. The award highlights Klein for his continued dedication to the industry, his tireless fight for legislation surrounding aeronautics in the state, his continued dedication to the industry, and his commitment to educational opportunities for airport personnel including internships, and professional education. | Read the full story...

Foodie scene is the cherry on top for Traverse City

W1ne, beer food and fru1t thrive in this magical little bubble in Michigan.
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Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Thousands of exhibitors and spectators will travel to Traverse City, Michigan, this summer for the second year of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. For those flying into Traverse City, exhibitors should take advantage of the Cherry Capital Airport, located just minutes from downtown, hotels, and close to the show grounds.
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As American As Cherry Pie (And Challah)

If cherry pie on July 4 is the ultimate expression of Americana, then the ultimate American destination for Independence Day weekend might be Traverse City, Mich. — home to the oldest and biggest festival celebrating the red, juicy summer fruit in all its glory.
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The 25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend

Traverse City's four-block waterfront Downtown has a culinary scene that can go toe to toe with any city on the East Coast -- but with a laid-back atmosphere free of coastal pretense, and the natural beauty, beaches, and spectacular golf courses you need to take a deep breath and get away from it all. (Check out Traverse City at #4)
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29 Golf Courses and 10 Resorts

Traverse City and Michigan’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) Invites Golfers to Escape the Heat and Enjoy America’s Summer Golf Capital with Non-Stop Flights ATL to TVC Beginning June 18th. (read more... | flight information...)

The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States

Seeing how it’s America Week at Thrillist, and we’ve already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche “go big or go home” and rank the states based on everything. More specifically, their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.
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National Park Service centennial encourages Sleeping Bear Dunes park exploration

Out here on the west side of the county, most people don't even know where the bear sleeps, or that it's a national park. But, wow, Sleeping Bear Dunes can offer a similar outdoor adventure experience as the best parks of the West.
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Michigan wineries, trails offer new experiences for guests

Wineries are popping up in Michigan almost as fast as champagne corks on New Year’s Eve.

To date, there are 119 in every corner of the mitten and even a handful farther north in the Upper Peninsula. The best-known are clustered near Traverse City on the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas that jut into Lake Michigan and adjoining bays.
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Please Arrive 90 Minutes Prior To Departure Time

Cherry Capital Airport officials would like remind all passengers to arrive and begin their check-in process 90 minutes prior to departure time. With several morning flights departing within a few minutes of each other and the TSA screening procedures, passengers need more time to complete the entire check-in process.
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