Detroit Metropolitan Airport extends DTW Destination Pass program

News Releases
Jan 03

Non-ticketed visitors to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) can access the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals indefinitely. Officials with the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) have extended the DTW Destination Pass program, which was in a pilot phase since last October, with no end date set.

“We’ve received a tremendous response to the DTW Destination Pass program,” said WCAA CEO Chad Newton. “We understand that our facility is more than just an airport—it is a place where memories are made. One participant of the program shared with us that she was able to bring her 3-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.”

Those wishing to participate in the DTW Destination Pass program must still apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit. Applicants will receive an email notification advising of their approval status. If approved, applicants will receive detailed instructions electronically. All participants must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft.

“The DTW Destination Pass program is averaging more than 60 applicants a day,” said WCAA Security Chief Debra Sieg. “The information we’ve received from participant surveys indicates that most approved applicants utilized the program 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.”

The DTW Destination Pass program is limited to 75 visitor passes per day. Passes can be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information on the program, application process and requirements can be found at

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 35 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers approximately 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 nonstop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport received the highest score among mega airports in the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study of customers’ satisfaction with the airport they traveled through and scored the highest in the security check and terminal facilities factors. Visit for details. DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility.  The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations. Visit for more information

Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority