How to Get To Willow Run Airport

Perhaps the most attractive feature about Willow Run Airport is its location. Willow Run occupies a 2,600-acre site along the Detroit - Ann Arbor high tech and manufacturing corridor. It borders on Wayne and Washtenaw Counties and enjoys relationships with both. It is supported by a strong infrastructure of free ways: I-94, I-96, US 23,I-275, and I-75.

Tenants are located on the East, West, and North sides of the airport. The best routes to access the airport depend upon where you are starting and your final destination. Refer to the map for best available routes.

Directions to Willow Run Airport

Take I-94 West/East to Rawsonville Road Exit (# 187)
Turn RIGHT onto Rawsonville Road

Turn LEFT onto William Road

Turn RIGHT onto Tyler Road

Turn RIGHT onto Kirk Profit Drive

Take I-94 east/west to Belleville Rd exit (#190)

North on Belleville Rd

Left on Tyler Rd.

Cross over Beck Rd. to the entrance to Willow Run Airport

What we offer you
  • Four runways, including an ILS all-weather runway and cross wind runways
  • 24-hour aircraft rescue fire fighting facilities
  • On-site weather bureau service
  • Tower Operations: 24-hour FAA tower operations; no restrictions, non-directional beacon, instrument landing system, VHF omni-directional range and GPS
  • Snow removal
  • Monday-Friday 24-hour US Customs service
  • FAA Flight Standards District Office
  • Flight instruction
  • Newly upgraded runways and taxiways
  • Low Fees - With the most attractive landing fees in the region, Willow Run makes good economic sense Click here  to view Fees

Contact Information

Maintenance Call Center

Airport Operations/Security

Airport Administration

Airport Maintenance

Fire Department (non-emergency)

Real Estate

History of Willow Run

Willow Run Airport has a rich history, dating back to 1941 when Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh built the world's largest bomber facility at the airport.

During World War II, almost 8,700 B-24 'Liberator' bombers were built at Willow Run. During its peak production, the plant employed 42,000 people including 'Rosie the Riveter.'

I-94 freeway was extended to Willow Run by Henry Ford to ease transportation to the bomber plant.

After the war, the bomber plant was converted into a luxury passenger terminal. Commercial airline traffic was transferred from Detroit City Airport, and Willow Run became Detroit's principal airport.

In 1947, the federal government sold Willow Run to the University of Michigan for $1.00.

In the 1950's, some commercial air traffic began moving from Willow Run to Detroit Metro Airport. By 1966, all commercial airline traffic moved to Metro. Willow Run has been a cargo, general aviation, and executive aviation airport since.

In 1977, the University of Michigan sold Willow Run to Wayne County for $1.00.

Today, Willow Run is one of the largest cargo airports in the United States.

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