Another Runway Under Construction Causes Commercial Flights at Airport to Cease Temporarily

The 20,400 square foot passenger terminal at Chippewa County International Airport opened in September of 2002. Photograph courtesy of Chippewa County International Airport. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Chippewa County International Airport.

If you are planning to travel to or from Chippewa County International Airport at Kincheloe anytime between Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00 in the morning through Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11:00 in the morning, plan on using an alternate mode of transportation, as commercial flights will be unavailable temporarily to allow for major improvements to the main runway of the airport by replacing the cement surface on the main runway with asphalt in order to improve safety and security at the airport.

The General Aviation Terminal and facilities will remain open throughout the runway construction period at Chippewa County International Airport, which is located approximately 15 miles south of Sault Sainte Marie in the upper peninsula of Michigan. FlyerTalk members offer suggestions for alternative airports to use if you must travel to or from the Sault Sainte Marie area by commercial airplane within the duration of the timeframe of the runway construction.

Four commercial non-stop flights — two from Detroit and two to Detroit — are served by aircraft which are all operated by Delta Air Lines. None of these flights are international, which causes me to wonder why this airport is called Chippewa County International Airport — but it does offer free parking to passengers, which is nice.

This is unlike other runway construction projects currently under way at international airports such as the ones which serve Newark and San Francisco, where commercial flights are still in operation — albeit with possible delays and cancellations of flights.

International airports outside of the United States are not immune to runway closures due to construction, as is currently the case at Dubai International Airport.

I hope that you are able to manage to travel as a passenger on an airplane operated by a commercial airline to or from the aforementioned affected airports without delays, cancellations or any other type of irregular operations, as this seems to be the spring and summer of runway improvement construction.

What a pain in the asphalt…

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