KALAMAZOO – The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport received a $1 million Small Community Air Service Development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used as a revenue guarantee and marketing to recruit and support new air service to attract an air carrier for new nonstop service to Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Our local airports are real assets to our communities in Southwest Michigan and this grant will certainly help expand passenger service, said Congressman Fred Upton. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and help support their consistent efforts to connect Kalamazoo to the world.”

The Airport worked cooperatively with several community partners to establish public-private support of the grant application. These partnerships showcase the local support to grow air service options in Kalamazoo. Community partners include: Southwest Michigan First, Discover Kalamazoo, Battle Creek Unlimited and The Kellogg Company.