Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport

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Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Rhinelander & Oneida County
Serves Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL 1,624 ft / 495 m
Coordinates 45°37′51″N 089°27′59″W / 45.63083°N 89.46639°W / 45.63083; -89.46639Coordinates: 45°37′51″N 089°27′59″W / 45.63083°N 89.46639°W / 45.63083; -89.46639
Website www.fly-rhi.org
RHI is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,799 2,072 Concrete
15/33 5,201 1,585 Asphalt
Total Aircraft Operations (2012) 24,860
Based Aircraft (2012) 32
Total Passengers (Yearend November 2013) 38,000
Total Freight (Pounds)(Yearend November 2013) 976,000

Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport (IATA: RHIICAO: KRHIFAA LID: RHI) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Rhinelander, a city in Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The airport is owned by the city and county.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by one commercial airline.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 26,193 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 26,729 enplanements in 2009, and 25,137 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport covers an area of 1,259 acres (509 ha) at an elevation of 1,624 feet (495 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 9/27 is 6,799 by 150 feet (2,072 x 46 m) concrete runway with approved ILS, GPS, and VOR approaches, and 15/33 is 5,201 by 100 feet (1,585 x 30 m) asphalt runway with an approved GPS approach.[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 29,240 aircraft operations, an average of 80 per day: 75% general aviation, 20% scheduled commercial, and 5% air taxi and At that time there were 32 aircraft based at this airport: 66% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 3% jet, and 6% helicopter.[1]

Airline and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul

The airport is part of federal government Essential Air Service program. In 2012, Delta Connection carrier SkyWest bid for and won the EAS contract on January 3, 2013. The airline receives $1,519,619 in federal subsidies per year operating CRJ-200 aircraft.[6]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest route departing RHI
(Feb 2014 - Jan 2015)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minnesota Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 21,000 Delta Connection

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
CSA Air Milwaukee
Freight Runners Milwaukee

Popular culture[edit]

A short scene in the movie Cedar Rapids is set at the airport. However, despite the sign indicating Rhinelander airport in the film, the airport shown is not really the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport. This can be seen by comparing the film shots with photos of the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport facility.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RHI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=RHI&Airport_Name=Rhinelander, WI: Rhinelander/Oneida County&carrier=FACTS
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOT-OST-2011-0109

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2011-0109) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day notice (June 7, 2011): of Mesaba Aviation, Inc. of its intent to discontinue service at Rhinelander, Wisconsin effective September 5, 2011
    • Order 2011-6-28 (June 28, 2011): allowing Mesaba Aviation, Inc., operating as Delta Connection to suspend its scheduled air service at Rhinelander, Wisconsin, as of September 5, 2011.
    • Notice (September 9, 2011): of Chautauqua Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings and doing business as Frontier Airlines of its intent to discontinue the service at Rhinelander, Wisconsin, effective March 8, 2012.
    • Order 2011-10-15 (October 20, 2011): prohibiting suspension of service and requesting proposals
    • Order 2012-3-5 (March 7, 2012): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes) to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at both communities through the end of the 24th month thereafter. Great Lakes, utilizing 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft, will require annual subsidies of $1,410,250 for Rhinelander and $1,747,326 for Ironwood/Ashland. Chautauqua will continue to utilize 37-seat or substitute 50-seat jet aircraft for a short-term annual subsidy rate of $1,837,638.

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