MBS International Airport

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MBS International Airport
IATA: MBSICAO: KMBSFAA LID: MBS
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerBay County, Michigan, Midland, Michigan, Saginaw, Michigan
ServesSaginaw, Michigan
Midland, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
LocationTittabawassee Township, Saginaw County, Michigan
Elevation AMSL668 ft / 204 m
Coordinates43°31′58″N 084°04′47″W / 43.53278°N 84.07972°W / 43.53278; -84.07972Coordinates: 43°31′58″N 084°04′47″W / 43.53278°N 84.07972°W / 43.53278; -84.07972
Websitewww.mbsairport.org
Map
MBS is located in Michigan
MBS
Location of the airport in Michigan
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
5/238,0022,439Asphalt
14/326,4001,951Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Total passengers271,686 Decrease 1%
Total enplanements137,040 Decrease 2%
Aircraft operations (2011)27,093 Decrease 4%
Based aircraft (2011)23 Steady
Sources: FAA,[1] Michigan DOT[2]
 
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MBS International Airport
IATA: MBSICAO: KMBSFAA LID: MBS
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerBay County, Michigan, Midland, Michigan, Saginaw, Michigan
ServesSaginaw, Michigan
Midland, Michigan
Bay City, Michigan
LocationTittabawassee Township, Saginaw County, Michigan
Elevation AMSL668 ft / 204 m
Coordinates43°31′58″N 084°04′47″W / 43.53278°N 84.07972°W / 43.53278; -84.07972Coordinates: 43°31′58″N 084°04′47″W / 43.53278°N 84.07972°W / 43.53278; -84.07972
Websitewww.mbsairport.org
Map
MBS is located in Michigan
MBS
Location of the airport in Michigan
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
5/238,0022,439Asphalt
14/326,4001,951Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Total passengers271,686 Decrease 1%
Total enplanements137,040 Decrease 2%
Aircraft operations (2011)27,093 Decrease 4%
Based aircraft (2011)23 Steady
Sources: FAA,[1] Michigan DOT[2]

MBS International Airport (IATA: MBSICAO: KMBSFAA LID: MBS) is located in Freeland, Michigan, serving the nearby cities of Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw. It was formerly named Tri City Airport or Freeland Tri-City Airport. The airport was renamed to MBS International Airport in 1994 (representative of its IATA airport code) to prevent confusion with other airports named "Tri City Airport" across the United States.

The commercial airport is a special municipal body owned by Bay County and the cities of Midland and Saginaw. The airport's name is an initialism formed from the names of these three communities and it is governed by a nine-member commission made up of three members from each of them.

Facilities[edit source | edit]

MBS International Airport covers 3,200 acres (13 km2) and has two runways:

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 27,093 aircraft operations (down from 28,162 in 2010 and 50,254 in 2006), an average of 74 per day: 59% general aviation, 38% air taxi, <1% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. There are 23 aircraft based at this airport: 35% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, and 43% jet.[1]

History[edit source | edit]

Ticketing Area

During World War II, it was used to hold prisoners of war. Civilian control of the airport resumed in the mid-1940s.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a lot of growth at MBS. During this time, airline service expanded and many airlines began serving MBS.

Current operations[edit source | edit]

Baggage Claim Area

Once the third busiest airport in Michigan, MBS has fallen in air service and passenger numbers. One major reason for this is the low-cost competition at nearby Bishop International Airport in Flint, which offers more flights to more destinations and often cheaper fares.[citation needed]

2006 enplanements were 200,150 boardings, a 6.33% drop from the previous year.[3]

Air Wisconsin runs ground services for United Express.

Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines.

Until October 1, 2009, Mesaba Airlines ran ground services for Delta Connection.

Compass Airlines, Comair, and Mesaba Airlines ground handling merged into one service called Regional Elite Airline Services. Regional Elite is 100% owned by Delta Air Lines.

DAL Global Services operates ground handling duties for Delta and Delta Connection at MBS.

New Terminal[edit source | edit]

New Terminal Under Construction
New Terminal Concourse

In 2006 the Airport Commission announced it had approved plans for the construction of a new state-of-the-art passenger terminal. Construction began in 2008. The new terminal, designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills, was built just north of the current terminal. Airport officials hope this will bring more airlines and more competition to MBS.[4] The $55 million, 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) terminal opened on October 31, 2012.[5]

Airlines[edit source | edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Delta Connection operated by Endeavor AirDetroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesChicago-O'Hare

Accidents and incidents[edit source | edit]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for MBS (Form 5010 PDF), effective January 10, 2013
  2. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand, Michigan.gov, Retrieved January 23, 2013
  3. ^ PRELIMINARY AIRPORT ENPLANEMENTS, Vassey Aviation Group
  4. ^ Stanton, Ryan J. Plans reach high with federal funds, The Bay City Times via MLive, December 26, 2007
  5. ^ Lynch-Morin, Kathryn. By the numbers: New MBS International Airport passenger terminal, The Saginaw News via MLive, October 26, 2012
  6. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 

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