Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Expansion Public Meetings (December 2022)

Dec 4, 2022 | City News

I have several updates about potential plans for Ann Arbor Municipal Airport expansion, including two public meetings scheduled for December 2022.

At their November 21, 2022 meeting, Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved a new 20-year lease (with a 10 year option to renew) with Beacon Aviation for the aviation center at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. Additionally, Beacon Aviation requested and was given the right of first refusal to expand their business on vacant land to the west of the Airport. For more details, see my meeting summary:

On November 10, 2022, an updated draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport was released. This EA report is required preparation for a City plan to extend the primary runway at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. The runway is currently 3505 feet long and with extension would become a 4225 foot runway, adding 720 feet. This extended runway would attract more, larger and heavier jets to the airport. Note that this expansion is referred to on the City’s website as a “Runway Safety Extension Project”.

You can find the lengthy, multi-part report here:

I have included a drawing from the report of the “preferred alternative” at the bottom of this post.

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Expansion Public Meetings

There are opportunities to learn more about the airport Environmental Assessment report at two different meetings this month:

MDOT-AERO is hosting a public hearing:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 5:30 to 8:00 PM
Ann Arbor City Council Chambers (2nd floor of City Hall)
301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor 48104

The public hearing notice can be found here:

This is a direct link to the PDF of the public hearing notice

Local residents are also meeting to discuss airport expansion concerns and possible next steps. For more information, contact Kathe Wunderlich (

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 6:30 PM
Pittsfield Township headquarters
6201 West Michigan Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48108

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Expansion Public Comment

The Environmental Assessment report is subject to public comment. Comments must be received before January 13, 2023.

Comments should be emailed to Ann Arbor Municipal Airport manager Matthew Kulhanek

Comments should also be cc’ed to Steve Houtteman ( Airport Planning & Environmental Unit, Michigan Department of Transportation-AERO

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Expansion Drawing

This a picture from Part 5 of the draft Environmental Assessment report titled “Figure 2.1 Alternative 2 – Shift Runway 150 Feet Southwest and Extend 720 Feet at the Approach End of Runway 6 (Preferred Alternative)”

As mentioned above, the entire Environmental Assessment report is on the City’s website here:

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Expansion Plan