Master Plan

A long-term vision for a regional leader.


The Capital Region International Airport Master Plan provides a long-term vision for the airport and serves as a guide for future development. We outline how future needs will be accommodated in a financially feasible manner that is sensitive to the aviation, social and environmental interests of the community.


We’ve identified four goals representing our strategic vision for the Airport:

  • Retain and expand scheduled passenger air service.
  • Increase charter passenger services and activities.
  • Increase the number of based corporate and general aviation aircraft and related activity.
  • Increase the amount of cargo tonnage processed.


The forecast projects aviation activity for a 20-year period, and provides a basis for determining the type, size and timing of facility development. It’s defined in terms of Planning Activity Levels (PALs) that allow monitoring of activity growth to ensure facility development occurs when needed.

Total passengers using the Airport's terminal facilities are expected to increase nearly 3.4% per year, resulting in over 527,000 passengers in 2023.

Aircraft activity will grow at 1.8% per year, with total operations growing by over 38,000 to a total of over 131,500 annual operations in 2023.

Airport Development

The master plan defines the airport’s future facility needs based on existing facilities conditions, predicted aviation activity, and the strategic vision for the airport. From these we created and evaluated alternatives for facility development to select the preferred development alternatives. Those needing major improvements and selected alternatives are illustrated below.

  1. Multi-phased expansion of vehicle parking
  2. Runway 28L extension to 8,501 feet and DeWitt Road relocation.
  3. Taxiway A extension to east terminal apron
  4. Interim terminal improvements including additional passenger loading bridges, passenger security screening improvements, improved passenger circulation and concessions, and additional rental car and baggage claim facilities
  5. General aviation facility expansion, including conventional and T-hangars and access taxilanes
  6. Cargo facility expansion including aircraft parking apron expansion and additional sort facilities
  7. Additional aircraft fuel storage
  8. Airport property developed for non-aviation, revenue generating land uses
  9. Continued development of the Capital Region International Airport Business Park
  10. Close existing Runway 10L-28R for new terminal development
  11. Replacement terminal development including the terminal building, aircraft parking apron, vehicle parking, access roadways and support facilities
  12. Parallel taxiway development for new terminal access
  13. State Road improvements for new terminal access
  14. DeWitt Road improvements for new terminal access to I-69
  15. Terminal area redevelopment following opening of the replacement terminal
  16. Replacement control tower construction
  17. Runway 6-24 shift and extension to 7,785 feet
  18. New 9,001-foot long Runway 10L-28R
  19. New connector taxiway supporting new Runway 10L-28R

International Port of Entry

International lines of business are expected to become common in the greater Lansing area as a result of our port status. The airport has over 200 acres for immediate and future development.

Implementation Plan

The total cost of the 20-year development is estimated to be approximately $308 million. Under current law, specifically approved airport projects are eligible for FAA Airport Improvement Program funding (95% of the project cost). The rest of the funding could comprise MDOT Office of Aeronautics, third party and local funding. Remaining project costs must be funded from local sources that may include passenger facility charges, or Capital Region Airport Authority cash or debt-based funding.

Where Do We Go From Here?

The master plan is the first of many steps in the airport development process. Some subsequent steps will occur very quickly while others may not take place until late in the planning period, if at all. Some of these steps include indentifying and procuring funding sources; undergoing environmental reviews; gaining FAA approvals; and bidding and awarding development contracts.

Master Plan Download

Capital Region International Airport Master Plan Update (pdf)

Questions & Comments

Use our contact form to submit questions and comments about the master plan.