DTW Destination Pass programme extended indefinitely

The programme allows non-ticketed visitors to enter the post-security side of two terminals at DTW following a successful application the day prior.

DTW Destination Pass programme extended indefinitely

Following a trial period from 22 October 2019 until 5 January 2020, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has announced that the DTW Destination Pass programme will extend indefinitely following approval from officials at the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA).

The programme allows non-ticketed visitors to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals at DTW, meaning those who are not flying can enjoy the opportunities that the airport provides, along with the ability to surprise or spend more time with friends and family during departures and arrivals. 

Chad Newton, CEO of Wayne County Airport Authority, said: “We’ve received a tremendous response to the DTW Destination Pass programme. We understand that our facility is more than just an airport – it is a place where memories are made. One participant of the programme shared with us that she was able to bring her three-year-old nephew to the airport to greet his parents and see airplanes for the first time. He loved it! It is a pleasure to offer everyone a chance to experience DTW and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

In order to participate in the programme, visitors must still apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit – 75 visitor passes are available each day and can be used between 8am and 8pm, Tuesday through to Sunday. Applicants receive an email notification advising of their approval status and, if approved, receive detailed instructions electronically. All participants are required to submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft. 

Wayne County Airport Authority Security Chief, Debra Sieg, said: “The DTW Destination Pass programme is averaging more than 60 applicants a day. The information we’ve received from participant surveys indicates that most approved applicants utilised the programme to meet someone who was arriving at or departing from the airport. However, some wanted to watch planes or visit one of our dining or retail options.”

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