Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

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Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Eau Claire County
Serves Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Location Chippewa County
Elevation AMSL 913 ft / 278 m
Coordinates 44°51′57″N 091°29′03″W / 44.86583°N 91.48417°W / 44.86583; -91.48417Coordinates: 44°51′57″N 091°29′03″W / 44.86583°N 91.48417°W / 44.86583; -91.48417
EAU is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 8,101 2,469 Concrete/Treated
14/32 5,000 1,524 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 30,217
Based aircraft 78

Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (IATA: EAU[2]ICAO: KEAUFAA LID: EAU) is a public-use airport in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, United States. The airport is owned by Eau Claire and is located three nautical miles (6 km) north of the central business district of the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[1]

It is the largest airport in the 30-county northern Wisconsin area and serves primarily the Chippewa Valley region, operating on a budget approved by a commission equally representing the interests of Chippewa, Eau Claire and Dunn counties.

The airport is mainly used for general aviation and business travel; the Eau Claire-based Menards corporation uses CVRA to base their fleet of aircraft to serve their stores throughout the Midwest. It is occasionally used as an alternative landing site for flights bound for Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. As of April 2010, only one commercial airline, United Airlines, provides service for CVRA to Chicago O'Hare International.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service facility.[3] According to the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 18,762 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 13,192 in 2009, and 18,369 in 2010.[5]

The 2013 Federal sequester will result in the closure of the airport's control tower and will require pilots to rely on the Minneapolis ARTCC and pilot-to-pilot radio communication.[6][7]


In 1923, 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land in Putnam Heights were purchased to build an airport. In 1929, Eau Claire Airways was started at the airport, offering training and scheduled taxi service to destinations in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In 1939, work on a new airport started north of Eau Claire. In 1940, Eau Claire County Airport started operations at its current site. Eau Claire Municipal Airport opened in 1945, while Chippewa Valley Regional Airport was officially opened in 1947 with the arrival of a Northwest Airlines DC-3. At this time, Eau Claire had three airports. Upgrades at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport were made in further decades, with a terminal addition in 1981. Another Terminal Remodeling/ expansion was completed in 2009 thus making travel flow faster.[8]

A new $3.9 million 65 feet (20 m) control tower was built in 2005. In November 2006, the tower opened, thus making it safer for pilots. Passenger loading used to be from the tarmac[9] until a jetbridge was installed in Spring 2011.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Chippewa Valley Regional Airport covers an area of 1,100 acres (450 ha) at an elevation of 913 feet (278 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 4/22 is 8,101 by 150 feet (2,469 x 46 m) with a concrete surface and 14/32 is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m) with an asphalt/concrete surface.[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 30,217 aircraft operations, an average of 82 per day: 80% general aviation, 18% air taxi, 3% military and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time 78 aircraft were based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 9% jet and 1% helicopter.[1]

Airline and destination[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Sun Country Airlines Charter Laughlin/Bullhead
United Express Chicago-O'Hare

Throughout the years, numerous airlines have served Eau Claire including North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines (1979-1986), Lakeland Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Skyway Airlines, Air Wisconsin, American Central Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation, Big Sky Airlines and Charter Airlines. Allegiant Airlines and Sun Country Airlines often run charter service to popular casino destinations.


Carrier shares: (Feb 2014 - Jan 2014)[10]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Sun Country
Express Jet
Top domestic destinations: (Feb 2014 - Jan 2015)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 19,000 United Express
2 Laughlin/Bullhead International (IFP) 1,000 Sun Country


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for EAU (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (EAU: Eau Claire)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Tower Struggle". Leader-Telegram. March 5, 2006. p. 1A. 
  10. ^ a b "Eau Claire, WI: Chippewa Valley Regional (EAU)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved 04-15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0160) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day notice (July 15, 2009): from Mesaba Aviation, Inc. of its intent to discontinue unsubsidized scheduled air service at the following communities, effective October 12, 2009: Paducah, KY; Alpena, MI; Muskegon, MI; Hancock, MI; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; International Falls, MN; Tupelo, MS and Eau Claire, WI.
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0306) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Memorandum (November 19, 2009): closing out docket DOT-2009-0160 and opening up eight new dockets for the various communities (Alpena, MI; Eau Claire, WI; Hancock/Houghton, MI; International Falls, MN; Muskegon, MI; Paducah, KY; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Tupelo, MS).
    • Order 2009-10-8 (October 16, 2009): selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hancock/Houghton and Muskegon, Michigan, Paducah, Kentucky, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
    • Order 2012-1-24 (January 26, 2012): tentatively re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) with subsidy rates as follows: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, $1,733,576; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan, $934,156; Muskegon, Michigan, $1,576,067; and Paducah, Kentucky, $1,710,775.
    • Order 2012-2-2 (February 1, 2012): makes final the selection of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky (at Muskegon, the selection of SkyWest was not finalize at this time).
    • Order 2013-10-8 (October 21, 2013): reselecting Delta Air Lines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Pellston and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and SkyWest Airlines, at Paducah, Kentucky; Hancock/Houghton, and Muskegon, Michigan; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Order also tentatively reselects American Airlines, at Watertown, New York. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Docket 2009-0306; Effective Period: January 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016; Service: Fourteen (14) nonstop round trips per week to Chicago O'Hare (ORD); Aircraft Type: CRJ-200; Annual Subsidy: $1,546,536.

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