The city of Detroit hopes to get federal money to bring Coleman A. Young International Airport on the east side up to national standards to better handle private and corporate planes, Crain's Detroit Business reports.
It may apply by summer for grants for extending the landing strip and other upgrades. The changes would require about $82 million over the first five years, and $150 million in all within 20 years, Annalise Frank reports. The airport last accommodated commercial flights in 2000, when Pro Air ceased service.
It's the latest step in propelling the long-languishing 264-acre property toward more regular use for those wanting corporate and charter air travel access directly to and from the city.
The Free Press reported in 2018 that the city hasn't staffed a Detroit Fire Department station on grounds for years, which has prevented some business aircraft from landing there because of insurance concerns.