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
ServesWausau, Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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 February 2020)141,000
Passenger volume (12 months ending February 2020)278,000
Aircraft operations (2018)12,680
Based aircraft (2020)25

Central Wisconsin Airport (IATA: CWA, ICAO: KCWA, FAA LID: CWA), referred to as "C-Way", is a public airport located 3 miles (5 km) 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 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[2] It is the fifth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.[3]

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, 2018, the airport had 12,680 operations, an average of 35 aircraft operations per day: 65% scheduled commercial / air taxi, 34% general aviation and less than 1% military. In September 2020, there were 25 aircraft based at this airport: 18 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, 3 jet and 1 glider aircraft. [4]

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

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.

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 is gaining a geothermal energy system that will reduce utility bills, providing all but 20% of its heating and cooling requirements.[6]

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 (March 2019 – February 2020)[3]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Endeavor Air
Envoy Air
Air Wisconsin
Busiest domestic routes from CWA (March 2019 – February 2020)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 75,840 American, United
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 39,020 Delta
3 Detroit, Michigan 26,180 Delta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for CWA (Form 5010 PDF), effective September 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "RITA BTS Transtats - CWA". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "AirNav: KCWA - Central Wisconsin Airport".
  5. ^ http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/air/docs/rates-document07.pdf[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "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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