Aviation

There are three airports in the MACC area. A general description and some basic operating characteristics for each of them are noted below.

West Michigan Regional Airport (Formerly named Tulip City Airport)

West Michigan Regional Airport is a general aviation airport owned and managed by the West Michigan Airport Authority. Formed in 2008, the WMAA is made up of representatives from three local municipalities: City of Holland, Park Township and City of Zeeland. Residents of these municipalities voted to approve the support of the airport and the creation of an authority.

West Michigan Regional Airport, formerly Tulip City Airport, which began operations in 1940 as a strip of cleared earth amidst a north Allegan County cornfield, has blossomed into one of the state’s premier general aviation airports. The runway was first paved in 1962. The airport was acquired by the City of Holland in 1986 from Prince Corporation and has grown steadily during the ensuing years as Holland/Zeeland’s industrial employers have expanded operations locally and across the globe.

Local employers emphasized the importance of the airport to luring new businesses by bringing potential customers directly to Holland/Zeeland industrial plants. One employer credited 10 percent of its annual sales to the airport’s close-in location, allowing it to efficiently ferry potential customers to its Holland Charter Township manufacturing site.

The airport has a paved runway of 6,000’ in length and can accommodate 40,000 takeoffs and landings. In 2018 there was an average of 96 aircraft operations per day. Of those 96 operations:

  • 47% were transient general aviation
  • 47% were local general aviation
  • 6% were air taxi
  • 1% were military

Ottawa Executive Airport

The Ottawa Executive Airport is a private airport in eastern Zeeland Township. This facility services private, small engine aircraft and has a paved runway of approximately 3800 feet. In 2018 there was an average of 34 aircraft operations per day. Of those 34 operations:

  • 59% were local general aviation
  • 41% were transient general aviation