Cherry Capital Airport Facilities
State-of-the-Art Terminal in Traverse City, Michigan
Visitors to the new airline terminal complex will find close-in parking, electronic check-in computers, advanced baggage screening, and an outdoor garden for ticketed passengers. For those passengers who are dropped off, there is a weather-resistant canopy entrance. Once inside the terminal complex, passengers may take their ticket to one of fourteen cherry wood counters in the east sunlit hall and check in with their airline of choice. Or passengers may bypass the line at an electronic check-in computer, print out a boarding pass, and be on their way.
Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired
Designed by Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, the terminal is Arts and Crafts/Frank Lloyd Wright inspired and encompasses the openness and natural setting of the Grand Traverse region. Visitors to the new terminal complex will find a welcome area reminiscent of a north woods lodge, complete with a glowing stone fireplace – a perfect destination to welcome friends and frequent fliers to the Traverse City region. Throughout the terminal, visitors will find cherry wood, copper light fixtures, stone wainscoting, and stained glass in the famous Frank Lloyd Wright style.
Northern Michigan Artisan Style
An infusion of Arts and Crafts/Frank Lloyd Wright elements and Northern Michigan artisan style is apparent in both the ladies’ and men’s restroom facilities. Brightly colored ceramic tiles reminiscent of Wright are the backdrop to the facilities. From entry to wash station back splash, each facility is complemented by an eye-level row of tiles showcasing our Great Lakes region while depicting both Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Attention to detail makes the terminal a Northern Michigan treat and a pleasure to use.
Concessions and Passenger Boarding Area
The passenger waiting areas features floor-to-ceiling windows covering the entire north wall. Six flight desks flank the expansive room and four boarding bridges for jet service extend out from the structure. A set of stairs descends to the tarmac for boarding regional airplanes. Business and leisure travelers will find wireless Internet access and private phone areas to accomplish their tasks while in the holding area.
Cherry Capital Airport is home to ‘Cherry Country Traditions’ – a gift shop for the most astute traveler. From bathing suits to bags, it is the perfect place to find cherry wear and cherry gear, plus a large selection of cherry novelties to give or to take home as souvenirs from the Cherry Capital of the World! Visitors will find a wide selection of books, magazines, newspapers, and toiletries. Cherry Country Traditions sells TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved ‘carry on’ bags ready for your flight. The gift shop is open each and every day.
Beyond the TSA checkpoint, a second concessions area gives ticketed passengers the opportunity to quench their appetite and purchase gifts before departing. In addition to many food and beverage options (including beer and wine), travelers may purchase locally produced products to take home. Multiple windows accented with stained glass and a beautiful outdoor garden area for passengers to enjoy a breath of fresh air, make this area unique.
The economic impact of Cherry Capital Airport relative to the region is said to be approximately $200 million annually, as noted by the State of Michigan Department of Transportation.
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