Central Wisconsin Airport

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Central Wisconsin Airport
Central Wisconsin Airport Logo.gif
Airport typePublic
OwnerMarathon and Portage Counties
OperatorCentral Wisconsin Joint Airport Board
LocationMosinee, Wisconsin
Time zoneCST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL1,277 ft / 389 m
Coordinates44°46′39″N 089°40′00″W / 44.77750°N 89.66667°W / 44.77750; -89.66667
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
CWA is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin, United States
CWA is located in the United States
CWA (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 7,648 2,331 Concrete
17/35 6,501 1,982 Concrete
Departing passengers (12 months ending June 2021)61,210
Passenger volume (12 months ending June 2021)121,960
Aircraft operations (2020)11,705
Based aircraft (2021)25

Central Wisconsin Airport (IATA: CWA, ICAO: KCWA, FAA LID: CWA), referred to as "C-Way", is a public airport located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) southeast of the central business district of Mosinee, in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is owned by Marathon County and Portage County.[1] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3] It is the fifth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.[2]

The airport serves a large swath of Central and North Central Wisconsin including cities such as Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids, as well as several tourism communities. It is 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Granite Peak Ski Area, located in Rib Mountain State Park.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Panoramic view of facilities

Central Wisconsin Airport covers an area of 1,800 acres (730 ha) at an elevation of 1,277 feet (389 m) above mean sea level. It contains two concrete paved runways: 8/26 measuring 7,648 x 150 ft (2,331 x 46 m) and 17/35 measuring 6,501 x 150 ft (1,982 x 46 m).[1] For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2020, the airport had 11,705 operations, an average of 32 aircraft operations per day: 53% scheduled commercial / air taxi, 46% general aviation and almost 1% military. In October 2021, there were 25 aircraft based at this airport: 17 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, 3 jet, 1 helicopter and 1 glider aircraft. [4]

CWA has T-hangars for lease, or an individual or corporation can construct their own hangar.[5]

The airport is home to a maintenance base for Endeavor Air which operates on behalf of Delta Air Lines as Delta Connection.


Central Wisconsin Airport opened in 1969 as a centralized commercial airport between Wausau and Stevens Point which each had their own commercial airfields prior to that time. North Central Airlines served the new airport with flights to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, some flights making stops at other cities within Wisconsin. North Central previously served Wausau and Stevens Point individually and was able to upgrade their service from prop aircraft to Douglas DC-9 jets with the opening of CWA.[6] North Central merged with two other airlines to become Republic Airlines in 1979 which was then merged into Northwest Airlines in 1986. Northwest merged into Delta Air Lines in 2010 which continues to serve CWA by way of feeder carriers operating as Delta Connection. After airline deregulation was passed in 1978, several other carriers including Skyway Airlines, operating on behalf of Midwest Express, have served CWA. American Airlines and United Airlines also began new service to Chicago by way of their feeder carriers operating as American Eagle and United Express and continue to serve the airport.

In 1997, the terminal was modernized with five new gates, and the highway access was reconstructed.

On 1 September 2012, the airport began a $10 million modernization program, moving the security checkpoints and enlarging the ticket counters to lower passenger congestion. The airport gained a geothermal energy system that reduces utility bills, providing all but 20% of its heating and cooling requirements.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Gate area
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Chicago–O'Hare

Cargo operations[edit]

FedEx Feeder Madison, Milwaukee
Freight Runners Express Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Rhinelander
Pro Aire Cargo Rhinelander


Carrier shares (July 2020 – June 2021)[2]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Endeavor Air
Envoy Air
Air Wisconsin
Busiest domestic routes from CWA (July 2020 – June 2021)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 34,800 American, United
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 16,090 Delta
3 Detroit, Michigan 10,320 Delta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for CWA PDF, effective October 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "RITA BTS Transtats - CWA". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "NPIAS Report 2021-2025 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. September 30, 2020. p. 111. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "AirNav: KCWA - Central Wisconsin Airport".
  5. ^ http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/air/docs/rates-document07.pdf[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Central Wisconsin Airport | About CWA".
  7. ^ "Central Wisconsin Passenger Terminal Upgrade". Airport International. July 30, 2012. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.

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