Coleman A. Young International Airport

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Coleman A. Young International Airport
Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport
Detroit City Airport
IATA: DETICAO: KDETFAA LID: DET
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Detroit
ServesDetroit, Michigan
Elevation AMSL626 ft / 191 m
Coordinates42°24′33″N 083°00′36″W / 42.40917°N 83.01000°W / 42.40917; -83.01000
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
15/335,0901,551Asphalt
7/254,0251,227Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations77,571
Based aircraft97
Sources: Airport[1] and FAA[2]
 
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Coleman A. Young International Airport
Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport
Detroit City Airport
IATA: DETICAO: KDETFAA LID: DET
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Detroit
ServesDetroit, Michigan
Elevation AMSL626 ft / 191 m
Coordinates42°24′33″N 083°00′36″W / 42.40917°N 83.01000°W / 42.40917; -83.01000
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
15/335,0901,551Asphalt
7/254,0251,227Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations77,571
Based aircraft97
Sources: Airport[1] and FAA[2]

Coleman A. Young International Airport[1] (IATA: DETICAO: KDETFAA LID: DET), also known as Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport[2] and formerly known as Detroit City Airport, is a public use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) northeast of the central business district of Detroit, in Wayne County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by the City of Detroit.[2]

The airport was once served by Southwest Airlines[3] and Chautauqua Airlines which left after less than one year of service.[4] Spirit Airlines planned service to the airport using McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 aircraft in 1995, but the service never began.[5] Pro Air, a commercial passenger airline, was based at the airport and grounded by the FAA due to poor maintenance performance. The airport currently has no scheduled passenger airline service.

The airport's passenger terminal is also operated by the US Customs department, which serves private and cargo airplanes.

The 53,000-square-foot (4,900 m2) passenger terminal includes space for restaurants, retail concessions, car rental facilities, airline offices, baggage pick-up and claim areas, boarding areas and passenger lounges. The airport has three 1,000 space parking lots.

The airport has been listed as an asset of the City of Detroit which could be sold to cover debts as a result of the city's 2013 bankruptcy filing. Other assets, such as public museums, are prohibited from sale due to private agreements and state laws. The future of the site as a functioning airport after such a sale is unclear.

Former airline service (1966-2000)[edit source | edit]

The following airlines served Detroit City Airport:[4]

DET was Detroit's airline airport until 1946-47 when almost all airline flights moved to Willow Run. The March 1939 Official Aviation Guide shows 13 weekday departures on American, 10 on Pennsylvania Central and one on Marquette.[6] The June 1946 OAG shows 100 weekday departures on Pennsylvania Central, American, United, Northwest, Eastern, TWA, C&S and Michigan Central.[7]

Facilities and aircraft[edit source | edit]

Coleman A. Young International Airport covers an area of 264 acres (107 ha) at an elevation of 626 feet (191 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 15/33 is 5,090 by 100 feet (1,550 m × 30 m) and 7/25 is 4,025 by 100 feet (1,227 m × 30 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 77,571 aircraft operations, an average of 212 per day: 88% general aviation and 11% air taxi and 1% military. At that time there were 97 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 4% jet and 1% ultralight.[2][8]

Coordinates: 42°24'32" N 83°0'37" W
Wikimapia - Detroit City Airport

Until around 1965 the airport boasted a gas tank 330 ft tall at 42.40817N 83.00926W NAD83, less than 630 ft west of the centerline of runway 15/33.

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b Coleman A. Young International Airport at City of Detroit website
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for DET (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-08-27.
  3. ^ Moore, Natalie Y., Detroit struggles to lift City Airport off ground, Detroit News, August 4, 2004, Retrieved 2010-01-27
  4. ^ a b McConnell, Darci. Mayor: Fix or shut Detroit City Airport, Detroit News, March 20, 2002, Retrieved 2010-01-27
  5. ^ Spirit Airlines to use jets at Detroit City Airport, Associated Press via Ludington Daily News, March 25, 1995
  6. ^ Official Aviation Guide, Chicago IL: Official Aviation Guide Company, 1939 
  7. ^ Official Guide of the Airways, Chicago IL: Official Aviation Guide Company, 1946 
  8. ^ Air Routing International

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