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LaGuardia to TVC to Take Off June 23rd
DFW to TVC Non-Stop Service to Return June 7th

(Traverse City, Michigan) – Cherry Capital Airport officials are pleased to announce that American Airlines has returned non-stop service between NYC’s LaGuardia Airport and TVC – after a four year hiatus. The service will begin on Saturday, June 23rd and run through Sunday, September 2nd. “This weekend only service continues to show the commitment on behalf of American Airlines to grow our air service. It is a result of continued enthusiasm by our travelers – first time visitors and returning visitors from the East Coast region discovering what our Pure Michigan Region is all about,” stated Kevin Klein, Airport Director. | Read the full story...

Passenger Traffic – 2017 Eclipsed 2016 by 5.6%

(Traverse City, MI) - Cherry Capital Airport is pleased to announce that passenger traffic has outpaced ANY year previous to 2017. Kevin Klein, Airport Director released the record setting number of passengers traveling by way of TVC Airport during the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission meeting late yesterday. | Read the full story...

Business Travel a Priority at TVC for 2018

Kevin C. Klein, A.A.E. In communities that are heavy in the tourism industry like ours, business travelers ask, “what about me”? Cherry Capital Airport has been working hard to make sure our business traveler is not only valued, but prioritized. Since 2011, Cherry Capital Airport has been working with the airlines to offer the best business focused schedule, not only in the summer, but year around. Flight schedules have been a priority in airline meetings throughout the year. Flights begin early in the morning destined for major hubs connecting to nearly every major city in the world. TVC’s flights are scheduled to allow the business traveler coming or leaving, the opportunity to meet nearly all routes destined to every region of the globe. | Read the full story...

Cherry Capital Airport On Track For Record Year

(Beth Milligan - The Ticker) After welcoming a record-setting number of passengers in 2016, Cherry Capital Airport is on track to have an even bigger year in 2017. Passenger figures released Tuesday show July was the busiest “ever in the history of Cherry Capital Airport,” according to Airport Director Kevin Klein, with overall year-to-date numbers up 4.9 percent over 2016.

An estimated 77,351 total passengers came through the airport last month, a 5.7 percent increase over last July’s 73,194 count. June was also up 3.3 percent this year, bringing in 46,218 passengers compared to 44,720 in 2016. Klein attributes the summer increase to the introduction of direct flights to and from Dallas Ft. Worth for the first time this year. | Read the full story...

Cherry Capital Airport Director Kevin Klein Receives Airport Manager of The Year Award

(Traverse City, MI) September 18, 2017 – The Michigan Association of Airport Executives has honored Cherry Capital Airport’s Kevin Klein with the Airport Manager of the Year Award. The award highlights Klein for his continued dedication to the industry, his tireless fight for legislation surrounding aeronautics in the state, his continued dedication to the industry, and his commitment to educational opportunities for airport personnel including internships, and professional education. | Read the full story...

Talking with Piper, the most fly dog in the world

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- Piper the dog, has a sweet face, cool goggles, and a pretty serious job to do in Traverse City at the Cherry Capital Airport. He and his trainer (and dad), Brian Edward, work hard every day to keep planes safe. Read the full story...

TVC Has Record Setting Year in Passenger Traffic

(Traverse City, MI) - Cherry Capital Airport is pleased to announce that passenger traffic in 2016 is the best year ever. Kevin Klein, Airport Director, released record setting number of passengers traveling by way of TVC Airport during 2016 to the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission during its regular meeting Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Read the full story... | Kevin Klein's Interview on WJR...

Daily Service Between DFW and TVC Starts this Summer

(Traverse City, Michigan) – Cherry Capital Airport officials are pleased to announce that American Airlines will offer direct inbound and outbound service between Dallas Ft. Worth and Traverse City, Michigan beginning June 2, 2017. Adding to the roster of flights taking off and landing at Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), is the addition of daily service to DFW – Dallas Ft. Worth this summer. Cherry Capital Airport officials and American Airlines are working together to make it easier for customers traveling from the Southwest region of the United States to the Traverse City community. Read the full story...

Runway project readies for takeoff

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Regional Airport Commission is moving ahead with a $10.3 million project to extend Cherry Capital Airport's longest runway. Commissioners at a recent meeting approved $321,412 in contracts with Prein & Newhof for preliminary designs and studies to add 115 feet to the eastern end of the airport's east-west runway, airport Director Kevin Klein said. Once complete the runway will be 7,015 feet long, allowing it to handle fully-loaded passenger planes in the summer heat. Read the full story...

DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET. Read the press release...

Piper, Michigan's famous airport K-9, takes up skydiving

He's been a Reddit star, has his own T-shirt line, made friends with U.S. Coast Guard chopper crews, and rubbed paws with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. But his creds just got a little more fantastic after he took up skydiving last weekend, jumping out of a plane in Suffolk, Va., as part of a charity event for Spike's K9 Fund. Read the press release...

A Bigger Economic Engine?

It’s been around four times longer than the Traverse City Film Festival, represents a bigger week at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa than the National Cherry Festival, and might just have more long-term economic impact than both of those festivals combined.
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Foodie scene is the cherry on top for Traverse City

W1ne, beer food and fru1t thrive in th1s magical little bubble in Michigan.
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Festive Flyers: Visitors arrive by air

TRAVERSE CITY — The general aviation terminal at Cherry Capital Airport bustles like a downtown restaurant during the National Cherry Festival.
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Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Thousands of exhibitors and spectators will travel to Traverse City, Michigan, this summer for the second year of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. For those flying into Traverse City, exhibitors should take advantage of the Cherry Capital Airport, located just minutes from downtown, hotels, and close to the show grounds.
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As American As Cherry Pie (And Challah)

If cherry pie on July 4 is the ultimate expression of Americana, then the ultimate American destination for Independence Day weekend might be Traverse City, Mich. — home to the oldest and biggest festival celebrating the red, juicy summer fruit in all its glory.
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NBC's Today Show Features The National Cherry Festival

The Today Show on NBC featured a segment on the upcoming 2016 National Cherry Festival. The festival starts on July 2 and runs through July 9 this year. Join us on opening day, July 2, for the National Cherry Festival Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as they perform over West Grand Traverse Bay. Other performers include the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Kevin Copeland and more!
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5 Handy Airport Animal Helpers

As K-9 wildlife manager, 7-year-old Piper not only keeps runways and taxiways clear but also regularly sniffs out rodents and small mammals that attract potentially hazardous birds of prey.
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The 25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend

Traverse City's four-block waterfront Downtown has a culinary scene that can go toe to toe with any city on the East Coast -- but with a laid-back atmosphere free of coastal pretense, and the natural beauty, beaches, and spectacular golf courses you need to take a deep breath and get away from it all. (Check out Traverse City at #4)
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Meet Piper, Michigan's Coolest Airport Dog of All Time

Piper, the wildlife control dog for Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, makes headlines just by going to work. Some dogs are afraid of vacuums, but Piper faces fighter jets and helicopters without a flinch.
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29 Golf Courses and 10 Resorts

Traverse City and Michigan’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) Invites Golfers to Escape the Heat and Enjoy America’s Summer Golf Capital with Non-Stop Flights ATL to TVC Beginning June 18th. (read more... | flight information...)

Daily Service Between Newark Liberty and TVC Starts this Summer

(Traverse City, Michigan) – Cherry Capital Airport officials are pleased to announce that United Airlines will offer increased inbound and outbound service between their New York/Newark hub beginning July 1, 2016. Adding to the roster of flights taking off and landing at Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), is the addition of daily service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) this summer. Read more...

New Zealand Herald article about Piper

Piper the border collie has a very important job at his local airport. The hardworking pup is responsible for keeping Michigan's Traverse City Airport (Cherry Capital Airport) free from birds that can cause problems for pilots trying to land aircraft. (read the New Zealand Herald article...)

Border Collie Works Full Time Keeping Airport Runways Clear for Planes

Don't blame tarmac delays on the birds at one Michigan airport. This dog is working hard to chase them away. Meet Piper, a Border Collie whose sole job is wildlife patrol along the runway here at Cherry Capital Airport. (Watch the video...)

Meet Piper The Very Cool Dog Who Works To Keep Airport Runways Safe

Meet Piper, a 7-year-old border collie and K-9 wildlife manager at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. He’s also very cool. (read the BuzzFeed article...)

Epic-looking guard dog of Michigan airport takes Reddit by storm

MLive.com - Feb 21, 2016
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Denizens of Reddit – where participants vote submitted content either "up" or "down" – were quite taken with Piper the guard dog. An animated GIF image of the dog coolly glancing at a rescue chopper stirring up clouds of snow, was "upvoted" by 97 percent of Reddit viewers, hitting the top of the GIF section of the website and receiving some 5,901 points by early Sunday afternoon. (view the image...) | (read the M-Live article...)

Where Foodies Should Go in 2016

It’s possible to drink too much beer, but can you eat too many cherries? When a European missionary planted the first cherry trees on a peninsula in Traverse City, Mich., more than 150 years ago, locals discovered that the combination of the sandy soil and proximity to Lake Michigan made it a ripe spot for growing cherries.

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The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States

Seeing how it’s America Week at Thrillist, and we’ve already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche “go big or go home” and rank the states based on everything. More specifically, their contributions to America, so think inventions, food/drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, etc.

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National Park Service centennial encourages Sleeping Bear Dunes park exploration

Out here on the west side of the county, most people don't even know where the bear sleeps, or that it's a national park. But, wow, Sleeping Bear Dunes can offer a similar outdoor adventure experience as the best parks of the West.

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Michigan wineries, trails offer new experiences for guests

Wineries are popping up in Michigan almost as fast as champagne corks on New Year’s Eve.

To date, there are 119 in every corner of the mitten and even a handful farther north in the Upper Peninsula. The best-known are clustered near Traverse City on the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas that jut into Lake Michigan and adjoining bays.

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National Cherry Festival - ‘2015 Air Show Site Of the Year’

The award is determined by the entire U.S. Air Force Thunderbird team, not just a single officer or the pilots. This honor shows just how well our entire community roles out the ‘cherry red carpet’ for every distinguished guest coming to the National Cherry Festival.

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Golf Digest Features Northern Michigan Golf

There are golf trips and then there are golf adventures. What's the difference? A golf trip typically confines you to, well, golf. Playing 45 holes in a day and then passing out before dessert, only to do it again the next day. An adventure, on the other hand, combines golf with other cool activities that are unique to the area you're visiting. Northern Michigan is perfect for that.

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Traverse City airport traffic takes off

Even though many regional airports nationwide have seen declines in the number of flights, Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport has seen steady growth of 13% in passenger traffic between 2011 and 2014, with more annual growth on pace this year, officials say. Smaller regional jets seating 50 are being replaced by larger aircraft to accommodate demand.

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Please Arrive 90 Minutes Prior To Departure Time

Cherry Capital Airport officials would like remind all passengers to arrive and begin their check-in process 90 minutes prior to departure time. With several morning flights departing within a few minutes of each other and the TSA screening procedures, passengers need more time to complete the entire check-in process.

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Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport getting nearly $1.5 million

Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport is getting nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to help construct a taxiway and fix up its runway.

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Flying High

Traverse City continues to grow as air travelers' destination.

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Bowl for Kids Raises $94k, Recognizes Top Fundraiser

The recent Bowl for Kids' Sake event – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan's signature annual fundraising event – raised $94,000 thanks to more than 260 individuals representing area businesses and local groups getting pledges and bowling. The organization is also recognizing its biggest fundraiser, Ron Smith, by awarding him with two round trip airline tickets courtesy of Cherry Capital Airport.

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Another Day, Another List For TC

"Life is sweet in Traverse City, the largest producer of tart cherries in the nation. Thousands of tourists visit the town each year to enjoy for what residents experience year round: stunning views, freshwater beaches, vineyards and quaint shopping areas. Unique restaurants and fresh food options helped Traverse City earn a spot on our Top 10 Foodie Cities list.

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TVC Airport Starts Recycling Program

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse County's Resource Recovery department partnered with Cherry Capital Airport to increase the airport's recycling rates.

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Avoiding Bird Strikes

In this Special Report, Brittany Wright breaks down what the Cherry Capital Airport is doing to scare off wildlife before they get too close to a plane.

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2015 Summer Flights Increase at TVC

(Traverse City, MI)  -  TVC Cherry Capital Airport will see a 6.3% growth in the number of seats this year over last year's number of seats coming into the market.  TVC is now the fourth most traveled airport in the state.

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'The Voice' 2015: Top 5 contestant Joshua Davis tells Traverse City fans 'thank you'

Joshua Davis arrived at the Cherry Capital Airport where he was greeted by marching bands from Traverse City West and Central High Schools, who played "The Voice" theme song; reps from Grand Traverse Pie Company, which made him a special cherry/apple pie; and poster-waving 4th graders from Willow Hill Elementary.

MLive Article | TV 7&4 Video

Piper The Bird Chasing Dog is Keeping TVC Runways Safe

Piper TVC Airport
Piper Traverse City Airport
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Meet Piper, the bird-chasing dog who keeps a Michigan airport safer (read more...)

MLive.com - Mar 30, 2015
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- Cherry Capital Airport staff know the dangers birds can pose to aircraft. Just last May, a loon struck an incoming plane...

Dog in charge of wildlife control at airport (read more...)

UpNorthLive.com - Apr 1, 2015
Piper is leading the way for other dogs, Edwards believes Cherry Capital Airport is the only airport in Michigan that uses a dog for wildlife

Putting teeth in bird mitigation (read more...)

AOPA Pilot - Apr 3, 2015
From the birds' perspective, Cherry Capital Airport is a decidedly unfriendly place. It's been that way for years—humans have limited food and...

Michigan Dog Protects Planes From Avian Intruders (read more...)

WILX-TV-Apr 3, 2015
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Border Collie Herds Birds Away From Planes (read more...)

NBCNews.com - Apr 2, 2015
NBC News Channel Meet Piper, a seven-yard-old border collie, who puts in 40-hour work weeks at Cherry Capital Airport in Michigan scaring (read more...)

Window Seat: A six-year-old border collie has joined the team (read more...)

Tulsa World (blog) - Apr 1, 2015
Several months ago Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, began using a six-year-old border collie to clear its runway, according to...

Border collie in charge of wildlife control at airport (read more...)

WSAV, Savannah, GA - Apr 8, 2015
A 7-year-old border collie named Piper has a very unique job. Piper works 40 hours a week at Michigan's Cherry Capital Airport.

A Different Kind Of 'Bird' Dog | Gear Junkie

The friendly skies are a little safer thanks to dogs like Piper.