Mackinac Island Airport

The Mackinac Island Airport (MCD) is a busy self-service airport with a lighted 3,500 foot runway available 24 hours year-round for regional charter flights and private aircraft, to serve tourists and island residents alike. Major commercial airlines do not land here. There is no FBO (fixed base operator) or fuel; both are available in St. Ignace-83D). The facility & grounds are owned by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, maintained and attended by a Mackinac State Historic Parks park ranger & park staff 8 am – 5 pm daily through the summer months. Off-season hours are adjusted for demand and as staffing allows October – May. Landing and overnight parking fees are established for all aircraft (see below); monthly & annual permits available. Lodging and restaurants are downtown along Main Street, 1.8 miles south of the airport. It is highly recommended pilots reserve a taxi before departing for MCD by calling the Mackinac Island Taxi Service directly 906-847-3323. There is no camping at the airport or on the island. Continue reading below or visit our website for more information & to view Mackinac Island State Park general rules (including E-bike & Drone restrictions), or call us anytime.

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Current weather conditions: KMCD Airport

Airport Terminal

A lobby seating area, restrooms, staff office/ night deposit drop box, weather station, pilot’s lounge, internet access, local brochures, & vending machines. Pilots have 24 hour access to the terminal. No bike rentals are available. The Historic Mackinac Island Visitor’s Guide & Map is sold at the office and features self-guided walking and biking tours throughout the island.

Transportation

Downtown shops and restaurants are located 2 miles south of the airport, with the option to walk or call the horse-drawn taxi service at 906-847-3323 ($7/person; 2 fare minimum + $1/minute driver-waiting time; cash only). Sorry, no bike rentals. It is highly recommended pilots reserve a taxi before departing for MCD by calling the Mackinac Island Taxi Service directly.

Charter flights on/off-island & throughout the region & beyond are available by directly contacting any of these individually owned & operated businesses for information:

Commercial airlines do not land on Mackinac Island, but they do operate out of these airports nearby:

Travel Tip: A charter flight may then be able pick you up from any of these airports and land at Mackinac Island Airport, or you may opt for shuttle or car rental transportation to St. Ignace or Mackinaw City to ride the ferry to the island.

Parking

The ramp can accommodate up to 25 single or twin piston aircraft, plus 6 small-medium jets, & single aircraft loading area.

  • Small to mid-size, single engine and twin engine aircraft (less than approx. 46 ft wingspan), please park on the West side of the ramp (RIGHT when entering ramp). Parking starts at $12.50.
  • Larger aircraft including turbo-prop and jets (more than 47 ft wingspan), please park on the East side of the ramp (LEFT when entering the ramp). Parking starts at $25.00.
  • During high traffic volume, Day-Users may be directed to the overflow parking on the turf both east and west of the paved ramp. Aircraft may park between the cones that mark the anchored aircraft cables for tie-downs.

Tie-down ropes/chocks are available on the ramp side of the terminal building, & electric outlets are available along the fence line east and west of the terminal. Sorry, we cannot accept reservations for aircraft parking on the ramp pavement. Priority is given to those parking overnight when possible.

Aircraft Landing & Parking Fees

All fees are payable at the terminal office or by phone. Please register your aircraft upon arrival during regular business hours, OR use our Night Deposit drop-box at the office door after-hours (use pilots’ access code to enter the building).

Landing/Overnight Parking fees posted below* for each aircraft. A paid landing is good for multiple same-day landings. For overnight parking after 10:00PM, add 1 aircraft fee per night, up to 4 nights (ex: 1 single piston landing (1 x $12.50) + 2 single piston overnights (2 x $12.50) = $37.50 due. 5 fee payments is equivalent to 1 monthly permit.)

  • Single Piston: $12.50 Monthly Permit $62.50 / Annual Permit $312.50
  • Twin Piston: $25.00 $125 / $625
  • Turbo Props & Jets: $34.50 $172.50 / $862.50

* For fleet information, please visit our website.

Winter at Mackinac Island Airport

The airport is the major lifeline for island residents when the winter ferry boat from St. Ignace to the island is forced to stop operations due to ice freezing over the lake. Almost daily – if flying conditions are fair – the airport terminal can quickly become a bustling, crowded space of passengers and goods. Island residents, pets, workers, tourists, school sports teams, freight, mail, hardware and building material, restaurant supplies, and groceries all depend on favorable flying weather, a plowed runway, and a warm terminal. However, when the weather turns foul there may be flight cancellations, sometimes lasting days. Life is ruled by the weather here – it is a fact of island living. All flights are by regional charter services (listed above), and unless other arrangements are made flights are usually between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, which is about 6 minutes. Once at the airport, goods are unloaded from each aircraft by hand, sorted, and loaded by hand into sleighs towed by snowmobiles or onto drays (horse-drawn flatbed wagons) for delivery by drivers that sometimes make several trips into town and around the island in any weather or temperature. For passengers: snowmobiles and horse drawn taxis are the most common mode of winter transportation.

On-site snowmobile parking for residents & commuters is available with the required island snowmobile permit. Permits are sold at the airport office, state park field office, and downtown police station.

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Contact the Mackinac Island Airport (906-847-3231) for further information.