Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports invite community to discuss Master Plan updates

News Releases
Apr 25

DETROIT (April 25, 2016) – Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports are seeking the community’s input on their Master Plans. The public’s involvement is critical to this process, since Master Plans reflect the long-term goals of airports to accommodate passenger, cargo and general aviation activity over the next 20 years.

“Based on a recent assessment, we’re confident Detroit Metropolitan Airport is positioned to accommodate future activity and growth,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton. “Despite the expected growth in total passengers, our forecast indicates an additional runway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is not anticipated to be needed within the next two decades. This is a key example of the important information we look at during the Master Plan update process. We also want to make sure our DTW and Willow Run neighbors and customers have the opportunity to understand our planning process, share their ideas and remain engaged with our team.”

Willow Run, which is a primary reliever airport for DTW, serves general aviation, cargo and corporate jet markets. Like Detroit Metropolitan Airport, there are opportunities and challenges to consider at YIP. This week, the Airport Authority will examine these issues during the first Public Information Meetings of the current Master Plan update process.

Willow Run Airport Master Plan

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016

  • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel

  • 46194 N. Interstate 94 Service Dr., Belleville

Detroit Metropolitan Airport Master Plan

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wayne County Community College District
  • Downriver Campus – Ray Mix Room
  • 21000 Northline Road, Taylor

Community members may stop by anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. to gain a better understanding of the respective airport’s Master Plan update process. Participants will have the opportunity to view informative displays and maps, ask questions and provide feedback. Airport staff and their consultant teams will be available to explain the goals and objectives of the Master Plan update, forecasts for future aviation activity, the existing facilities’ ability to meet future demand and potential development solutions.

The last Master Plan updates were completed in 2006 for Willow Run and 2009 for Detroit Metro. More information is available online at and

Reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired, will be provided at the meetings upon notice to Kristy Exner, Wayne County Airport Authority, by e- mail at or (734) 247-2223.

Michael Conway
Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority