Airport Documents & Forms

Emergency Contingency Plan

Delta County Airport has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Jeffery Sierpien, Airport Manager.  Delta County Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport or (2) this airport may be used by an air carrier described in USC §42301(a)(1) for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Delta County Airport will:

  • provide for the deplanement of passengers;
  • provide for the sharing of facilities and make gate(s) available at the airport; and
  • provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Boarder Protection (CBP).

Delta County Airport has facility constraints that limit the airport's ability to accommodate diverted flights and maintain the airport's safe operation and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport at (960) 786-4902 ext. 6 or 7 or (906) 420-1591 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include: limited ramp space, one passenger boarding ramp, one gate, no international passenger processing facilities and limited fueling capacity.

Airport Information

Name of Airport: Delta County Airport (ESC)
Name and Title: Jeffery Sierpien, Airport Manager
Preparer Contact Number: (906) 786-4902 Office / (906) 421-8504 Cell
Date of Submission of Plan: 04/14/2017
Airport Category: Non Hub

Contact Information

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Manager at (906) 786-4902 or (906) 421-8504 or email.  View Contact Form  Alternate: Airport Operations at (906) 420-1591, for assistance during hours of 6:00 am - 9:30 pm.

Plan to Provide for Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

Delta County Airport owns a passenger boarding ramp for airlines to use for passenger boarding and deplaning at the terminal building. The Airport does not operate this equipment or any other equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers. We will provide a list of ground handlers or others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number(s) listed above.

Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gate(s) Available in an Emergency

The gate at Delta County Airport is under common use lease to the air carrier and is controlled by the airport. The airport will direct common use tenant air carriers to make the gate and other facilities available to air carriers seeking to deplane at the gate to the maximum extent practicable.

Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

Delta County Airport does not have international passenger processing facilities. We will coordinate with local CBP Office of Field Operations in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (906) 632-8822 and law enforcement officials to identify suitable areas and procedures for establishing a temporary sterile area into which international passengers on diverted aircraft who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Boarder Protections can be deplaned. Once these efforts are complete, Delta County Airport will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Boarder Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

Delta County Airport will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan through one or more of the following means:

  • Posting in a conspicuous location on the airport website
  • Make available upon request at the Airport Administration Office