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Mackinac Island Airport

Mackinac Island Airport is a small but busy general aviation airport with a lighted 3,500-foot runway, open year-round for charter and private aircraft to serve tourists, workers, and island residents alike. The airport is owned and operated by the Mackinac Island State Parks Commission, and is maintained by state park staff 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily through the summer season. In October – April, attended office hours are adjusted for demand & as staffing allows. There is no FBO or fuel service. Landing & overnight parking fees are established for all aircraft (see below); monthly & annual permits are also available. Most lodging, restaurants, shopping, & bike rentals are located downtown along Main Street, 1.8 miles south of the airport. Transportation on the island is limited to bicycle, horse-carriage, and foot traffic as motor vehicles are banned. For Taxi Service from the airport, *It is highly recommended to call the Mackinac Island Taxi Service directly before departing for MCD at 906-847-3323.*  There is no camping permitted at the airport or on the island.

For general island information, find the Helpful Links section at the bottom of the page.

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Airport Terminal

A picture of the lobby at Mackinac Island Airport, including a table and chairs.The terminal building consists of a lobby with a seating area, airport office, public restrooms, drinking fountains, self-service night deposit box, AWOS weather monitor, pilot’s lounge, Wi-Fi internet access, local brochures, vending machines, and large island map. Pilots have 24-hour access to the terminal. For self-guided walking/biking tours throughout the island, a 63-page Historic Mackinac Island Visitor’s Guide & Map is available for purchase at the office. There are no bike rentals available at the airport.

 

Transportation

To get to and from Mackinac Island:

Charter flights on/off-island & throughout the region are available by directly contacting any of the businesses listed below for information:

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

If you book a commercial flight to one of the airports listed above, a local charter flight may be able to pick you up and fly you to Mackinac Island Airport. Or, a shuttle or rental car may be available from your arrival airport to transport you to either ferry boat dock in St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.

While on Mackinac Island:

A picture of the Mackinac Island Airport sign with horses in the background.Since 1898, motor vehicles have been prohibited on Mackinac Island. The Mackinac Island Airport is 1.8 miles north of Main Street, where most downtown shops, restaurants, and hotels are located. From the airport, guests may walk or ride the Mackinac Island Taxi Service horse-carriage into town. For a taxi, please call 906-847-3323 to make a reservation to be picked up from the airport. Although there are no bicycle rentals available from the airport, bicycles are the most popular way to travel here and most bike rental shops are downtown. Visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau for more information.

Aircraft Parking

Aircraft parked at Mackinac Island Airport. Aircraft parked at Mackinac Island Airport. An outlet at Mackinac Island Airport. The airport ramp can accommodate parking for up to 25 single or small twin piston aircraft and 6 small-medium jets. A marked Loading Zone near the terminal is available for quick-turns. Additionally, over 70 planes can be parked in the overflow grass parking. Tie-down ropes/wheel chocks are available next to the terminal building, & electric outlets for plugging in are available along the fence line east and west of the terminal.  If the office is attended when you arrive, you may receive a welcome and parking assistance over Unicom from airport staff. Tie-down anchor at Mackinac Island Airport.
  • Aircraft with a wingspan of about 40 ft. or less may park on the West Side of the paved ramp (Pilot’s right). Tie-down anchors are present.
  • Aircraft with a wingspan greater than 40 ft., including turbo-prop and jets, may park on the East Side (Pilot’s left) of the ramp. Tie-down anchors present.
  • A large field for overflow parking at Mackinac Island Airport. Overflow Parking (small craft): During high traffic volume, day-users can expect to be directed over Unicom to the grass for overflow parking, either the east or west side of the paved ramp. Orange traffic cones mark the aircraft tie-down cables in the grass. Mackinac Island is comprised mostly of limestone bedrock, with only a few inches of topsoil covering the turf parking areas.

Sorry, we cannot accept reservations for aircraft parking on the ramp. Priority is given to those staying overnight and larger aircraft whenever possible.

Aircraft parked on the field at Mackinac Island Airport.

Aircraft Landing Fees

The landing fee and nightly parking fee rates are posted below for each aircraft type. Monthly, annual, and fleet rates are also available. All fees are payable at the airport office inside the terminal 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 at the north door of the terminal).

  • Single Piston: $12.50 landing; $12.50/night – Monthly Permit for landing or parking… $62.50 / Annual Permit for landing or parking… $312.50
  • Twin Piston: $25.00 landing, $25.00/night – $125.00 / $625.00
  • Turbo-prop & Jets: $34.50 landing, $34.50/night – $172.50 / $862.50

The landing fee covers multiple same-day landings made by the same aircraft.  Additional overnight parking fee for aircraft parked after 10:00PM.

Winter at Mackinac Island Airport

The airport is the major lifeline for island residents when the winter ferry boat from St. Ignace stops operations due to ice freezing over the lake. This pause in ferry service can last for days or even months. Almost immediately, the quiet airport terminal can become a bustling, crowded space of passengers & goods. Island residents, pets, workers, tourists, school sports teams, freight, mail, hardware & building material, restaurant supplies, & groceries, all depend on favorable flying weather, a plowed runway, & warm terminal. Goods and passengers are usually flown by the local air-taxi out of St. Ignace, unless other arrangements are made, and flights are only about 6 minutes long. Once they land at Mackinac Island Airport, goods are unloaded from each aircraft by hand, then sorted and loaded by hand again into sleighs towed by snowmobiles or onto drays (horse-drawn flatbed wagons) driven by hardy dray drivers. Drays will sometimes need to make several trips into town & around the island – in any weather condition – to complete their delivery route. There are no delivery or mail trucks here! Snowmobiles, fat tire bikes, and horse drawn taxis are the most common mode of winter transportation for passengers. However, when the weather turns foul there may be flight cancellations sometimes lasting for days. Life is ruled by the weather here – it is a fact of island living.

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

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