La Crosse Regional Airport

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La Crosse Regional Airport
La Crosse Regional Airport Logo.png
La Crosse Airport.jpg
Terminal Building
Airport type Public
Owner City of La Crosse
Serves La Crosse, Wisconsin
Opened March 1947 (1947-03)[1]
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 43°52′45″N 091°15′24″W / 43.87917°N 91.25667°W / 43.87917; -91.25667Coordinates: 43°52′45″N 091°15′24″W / 43.87917°N 91.25667°W / 43.87917; -91.25667
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
LSE is located in Wisconsin
LSE is located in the US
Location of airport in Wisconsin / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,742 2,665 Concrete
13/31 6,050 1,844 Asphalt
4/22 5,199 1,585 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015) 26,303
Based aircraft (2017) 74
Total Passengers (12 months ending May 2017) 169,000
La Crosse Regional Airport tower

La Crosse Regional Airport (IATA: LSE[3]ICAO: KLSEFAA LID: LSE) is a public airport located five miles northwest of La Crosse, a city in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States.[2] Until August 2013 the airport was called La Crosse Municipal Airport.[4]

It occupies the northern area of French Island, next to the Mississippi River. La Crosse's airport is the closest scheduled airline airport to the U.S. Army Fort McCoy base near Sparta, Wisconsin.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[5]


The La Crosse Airport can accommodate the largest aircraft. One of the largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 Air Force One (AF1), has made overnight trips to this airport with every U.S. President for the last 20 years.

In 1998 President Bill Clinton flew to La Crosse in AF1 Boeing 707 (VC-137C SAM 26000). This was the last time a US President flew on this plane, which was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. One of the world's largest cargo jets, a Russian Antonov An-124, has flown to La Crosse airport. The US military C-5A cargo and KC-10 Extender cargo/refueling jumbo jets have been at the annual summer Deke Slayton Airshow (area astronaut), Airfest at the airport, along with vintage and modern military and private planes. The show has also featured the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds. In the past, Sun Country Airlines has flown DC-10 (380 passenger seats) on charter flights from La Crosse to other cities. The New Orleans Saints NFL football team flew the 180-seat Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 planes each week to La Crosse for summer camp, and to and from NFL cities for pre-season games.

The airport's control tower was one of 143 towers slated for closure by the FAA due to the 2013 Federal sequester.[6][7] However, the closures did not occur after Congress restored funding to the FAA.[8]


The airport covers 1,380 acres (558 ha) at an elevation of 656 feet (200 m). It has three runways: 18/36 is 8,742 by 150 feet (2,665 x 46 m) concrete; 13/31 is 6,050 by 150 feet (1,844 x 46 m) asphalt; 4/22 is 5,199 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m) asphalt.[2]

The original runway layout is still in use, with many improvements. Two runways were extended to 6,050 feet (1,840 m) and 8,742 feet (2,665 m). The 8,742-foot paved runway is the fourth longest in Wisconsin.

The airport has a modern two-story passenger terminal with three gates. The following are provided:

  • Delta Air Lines passenger counter and kiosk
  • American Eagle Airlines passenger counter
  • Car rental
  • LSE Airport Gift Shop
  • Meeting rooms

There are 11 corporate hangars and eight multi-aircraft T-hangars on the airport property. There is a cellphone-use free parking area for those awaiting passenger arrivals.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2015, the airport had 26,303 aircraft operations, an average of 72 per day: 68% general aviation, 24% air taxi / airline and 8% military. In August 2017, there were 74 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, 8 jet and 2 helicopter.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Two major airlines, Delta Air Lines, served by Delta Connection, and American Airlines served by American Eagle, have 7 daily departures and arrivals with direct service to Chicago and Minneapolis. Sun Country Airlines provides periodic Boeing 737 flights to cities such as Bullhead City, Arizona (next to Laughlin, Nevada).

La Crosse Regional Airport is served by Delta Connection's 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 and the newer 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 and Embraer 175. American Eagle now flies the Bombardier CRJ200 and occasionally the larger CRJ700s from Chicago.

Airlines Destinations Refs
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare [9]
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul [10]
Sun Country Airlines Charter: Laughlin/Bullhead [11]


Number of daily flights[edit]

Airline Airport Daily Flights
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare 4 daily
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 daily

Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (June 2016 – May 2017)[12]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air
Endeavor Air
Sun Country

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of LSE
(June 2016 – May 2017)[12]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 42,970 Delta Connection
2 Chicago, IL (O’Hare) 42,770 American Eagle
3 Bullhead City/Laughlin, AZ 310 Sun Country

Annual Traffic[edit]

Traffic by Calendar Year [13] [14]
Year Passenger Boardings Change Over Previous Year
2000 111,238 Decrease02.10%
2001 108,455 Decrease02.50%
2002 111,011 Increase02.40%
2003 112,545 Increase01.38%
2004 123,678 Increase09.89%
2005 122,068 Decrease01.30%
2006 118,647 Decrease02.80%
2007 121,243 Increase02.20%
2008 111,462 Decrease08.07%
2009 104,537 Decrease06.21%
2010 109,962 Increase05.19%
2011 102,958 Decrease06.37%
2012 97,321 Decrease05.48%
2013 90,297 Decrease07.22%
2014 98,869 Increase09.49%
2015 94,874 Decrease04.04%


  1. ^ "History". La Crosse Regional Airport. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LSE (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LSE: La Crosse Municipal)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chris Hubbuch; Allison Geyer (12 August 2013). "Use it or lose it: La Crosse airport attempts to lure fare-conscious travelers with convenience". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  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. ^ Bloom, Betsy (11 May 2013). "Airport tower to stay open". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - LSE". Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports – Airports". Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports - Previous Years – Airports". Retrieved 4 December 2016. 

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