An overall Guide to Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Detroit Airport is a major international airport in the United States in Romulus. It covers the area around 4,850 acres and is the largest and busiest hub in Michigan.

It is the primary international airport serving Detroit and serves 30 international and 39 state destinations across the United States.

Runways: The airport has four main runways, two crosswind runways.

Runway Length (ft.)
4R/22L 12,003
4L/22R 10,000
3R/21L 10,000
3L/21R 8,500
9L/27R 8,708
9R/27L 8,500


Operating Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Air France, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Lufthansa, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

Destinations Served: Toronto–Pearson, Seattle/Tacoma, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas, Frankfurt, Boston, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles, Oakland and many more.

Terminal Information: The airport consists of two terminals named McNamara Terminal and North Terminal.

  • Edward H. McNamara Terminal:McNamara Terminal (1.6 km) in length consists of three concourses A, B, and C. It consists of a total of 103 gates with a shopping and dining area located in the center of A concourse. This concourse A houses 62 gates with 12 gates for international departures and arrivals processing. On the other hand, the B and C concourses have 41 gates used for Delta’s regional flights of smaller aircraft.
  • North Terminal: North Terminal consists of D concourse with a total of 26 gates. It features long segments of two moving walkways; one on the departures level and another on the lower level. Here are total six-lane security checkpoints.


Other Airport Facilities:


Information Desk: for any query related to flight and airport volunteers are wearing blue vests. You can ask them as they are available throughout the airport.

Currency Exchange: The currency exchange by Travelex is offered in these locations:

    • McNamara Terminal: Departures (Central Link near A38).
    • North Terminal: Departures (Across from D9).


ATM: There are a lot of ATMs and money options available at the following locations:

  • McNamara Terminal, Airside: 12 locations available at A Gates, B Gates, and C Gates.
  • McNamara Terminal, Landside: Parking Garage, Level 6.
  • North Terminal, Landside: Ticket Lobby • Pedestrian Bridge to Parking Deck/Ground Transportation (Level 4).
  • North Terminal, Airside: Gate D6, Gate D17, Gate D26.


Food & Beverages: With a varying schedule, there are food concessions available throughout the airport. At McNamara Terminal you will find over 40 dining options and at the North Terminal, there are 15+ options for passengers. Moreover, there are plenty of vending machines available throughout the airport.

Baby Care Facilities: At the family restrooms there are diaper-changing tables and disposals available in the airport located throughout the landside and airside areas.

Nursing Room: There is a total of 9 private nursing rooms each consist of a comfy chair, a sink, counter, and electrical outlets.


  • McNamara Terminal: Gates A15, A25, A53, A63, C2.
  • North Terminal: Gates D8, D15, D24.

Kids Play Area: There are many kids play area at the airport where they can burn off their energy before the flight.


  • McNamara Terminal, airside, Gate A8
  • McNamara Terminal, airside, Gate A18
  • McNamara Terminal, airside, Gate B20
  • McNamara Terminal, airside, Gate C4-6
  • North Terminal, airside, Gate D16.

Luggage Storage: There is no option of storing the luggage at this airport.

Medical Facility: You will find Z Market and Mills Pharmacy that offer traditional medications and homeopathic remedies.


McNamara Terminal, Airside, near Gate B2 which is open only from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Mobile Charging PortsMobile Charging options are given in many gated areas

Pet Relief AreaDetroit Airport has several pet relief areas available at:

  • McNamara Terminal: International Arrivals area (Lower Level) near Gate A34.
  • North Terminal: Departures Level (Upper Level) Opposite Gate D16.

Airport Hotels:

  • Westin is connected to the McNamara Terminal.
  • Knights Inn Romulus is 5 minutes away from the airport.
  • Quality Inn & Suites is located 5 minutes away from the airport.

Airport Lounges:

  • Lufthansa Business Lounge is located at North Terminal, Airside, Gates 7 and 8.
  • Delta Sky Club is located in concourse A and Concourse C.



Can I go to the gate without boarding pass to help my family member?

Those that have boarding pass can enter the secured area but not anyone else.

How to transfer between terminals?

You can move with the Terminal to Terminal / Westin Shuttle. These shuttles connect passengers to McNamara and North Terminal.

Airport Review:


Tamir Goldberg (United States) 12th October 2019

This is a very nice airport. It is clean, modern and there are plenty of places to eat and shop. If you are lucky you might see the famous water fountain. Even the seats in the gates are comfortable, a rarity for an airport. I will be happy to fly there again, even if for a layover.

P Scheller (Austria) 12th April 2019

Very friendly employees. Arriving with a rental car and a quick bus transfer at the terminal, terminal very clean with clear and easy signage, security check took a few minutes with very friendly employees – they have the time to chat with the travelers a few sentences, after security check, there are some fast-food restaurants and enough seats to take a rest, a very pleasant experience

Carter Welch (United States) 23rd February 2018

DTW is the unparalleled airport success of the Midwest. The McNamara Terminal is beautiful and architecturally stunning and always clean. There are multiple TSA queues, allowing for quick terminal access, even on international departures. Food options are really strong here (any airport with a Chick-Fil-A is worthy of an award), and as far as I could tell, the shopping options were solid. Gate seating is plentiful, and DTW is a grand airport. 

B Chang (United States) 4th June 2016

Detroit is one of the better airports I have experienced in the United States. The McNamara terminal is clean and well maintained. TSA wait times can vary greatly depending on the time of day. Once inside, concourse A is roughly a mile long from end to end, with many shops and restaurants to check out. They have good food inside the terminal, such as Longhorn Steakhouse, although prices may be slightly higher than at the same restaurant outside of the airport. The Delta Sky Clubs are okay, but not necessarily worth the $50+ for a one time visit. They do have nice and clean showers, but the food they offer is not that special. It is a good place to relax, grab some snacks, and get some work done, but don’t count on being able to get a full meal there. My only complaint is that the public WiFi is not dependable (or at least I couldn’t figure it out). I can connect, but usually have no luck getting it to work. I often am only able to use WiFi at a Delta Sky Club, where I use the club’s WiFi and not the airport’s WiFi. If you ever go through Customs and Border Protection at DTW, your experience can vary greatly. DTW now supports the automated kiosk passport system, however, some officers will ask you question after question, holding up the line.

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