Cherry Capital Airport Contingency Plan


Cherry Capital Airport has prepared this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Dan Sal at Cherry Capital Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport and may be used for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Cherry Capital Airport will:

• Provide for the deplanement of passengers;

• Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and

• Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

Cherry Capital Airport has facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights or maintain the airport’s safe operation and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport at (231) 313-0928 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include the following: no international passenger processing, 16,000 square feet Sterile Area, 115,000 square foot Terminal, 4 jet bridges, 6 total gates.

Airport Information

Name of Airport: Cherry Capital Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Dan Sal, Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance
Preparer contact number: (231) 947-2250
Preparer contact e-mail:
Date of submission of plan: May 11, 2017
Airport Category: Non Hub 

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Operations Supervisor at (231) 313-0928 for assistance.

Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

Cherry Capital Airport does not own or operate any of the equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers. However, we have requested that each airline, ground handler and FBO operation on the airport provide us with a list of the equipment and resources they have for deplaning passengers and contact information. We will provide this inventory and contact information to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

Cherry Capital Airport is unable to accommodate aircraft larger than a 757 at our gates. Larger aircraft will need to deplane passengers from remote parking positions.

Cherry Capital Airport Gates 1-4 are under preferential lease to air carriers however Cherry Capital Airport can use Gates 1-4 during emergencies. We may be able to direct a tenant airline to accommodate another air carrier aircraft at its preferentially leased gate during those time periods when the tenant airline is not using, or not scheduled to use the gates. We will direct our tenant air carriers to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate during those time periods the gates are not in use or not scheduled to be in use, to the maximum extent practicable.

Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

Cherry Capital Airport does not have international passenger processing facilities. We will coordinate with local CBP and law enforcement officials to identify suitable areas and procedures for establishing a temporary sterile area into which international passengers on diverted aircraft who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection can be deplaned. Once these efforts are complete, we will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

Public Access to the Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

Cherry Capital Airport will provide public access to its Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan by posting in a conspicuous location on the Airport’s website at