Cherry Capital Airport is of public use purpose. It is situated 2 miles southeast from the central business district of Traverse City, Michigan. Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties own the airport. The airport is a non-hub primary commercial service airport.
Cherry Capital Airport was opened in 1936 and since then is known as a Traverse City Airport. Later the airport was moved onto the Coast Guard Air Station, which had begun in 1946. The airport included four runways, three of which were replaced.
In the fall of 2004, a new terminal was opened on the south side of the east-west runway. After that, Cherry Capital Airport has continued growing and adding different carriers, seasonal services, and destinations.
With its outstanding achievements in snow and ice control airport has received Balchen/Post Awards in the small commercial service airport categories several times. Soon the airport managed to implement the first biometric access systems in the country. The airport was one of the firsts to implement additional advanced security measures after the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Thanks to the new security regulations and supports, it became possible to comply better and provide services for a higher number of flights and passengers.
In 2013 and 2017, the airport managed to extend the east-west runway to accommodate more flights to more destinations and create a possibility of upgrading to an international airport for Air Canada Express flights.
Nowadays, Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport is in the very early stages of becoming a significant expansion of its terminal by bringing more gates, passenger waiting areas, and other amenities. Due to the records, traffic numbers have sometimes caused to surpass its recommended capacity, which led to planning expansions and reconstructions that would be complete in 2026 or 2027.
As was mentioned above, the expansion need was caused by explosive growth in traffic at the airport. The increased number of round residents has played a part in attracting more airline carriers. The record shows that the final traffic numbers are due any day, and the airport can become the third busiest airport in Michigan.