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 typePublic
OwnerCity of La Crosse
ServesLa Crosse, Wisconsin
OpenedMarch 1947 (1947-03)[1]
Time zoneCST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates43°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 Airport Diagram
FAA Airport Diagram
LSE is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin
LSE is located in the United States
LSE (the 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 (2017)20,227
Based aircraft (2019)73
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Jan 2019)93,540
La Crosse Regional Airport tower

La Crosse Regional Airport (IATA: LSE[3], ICAO: KLSE, FAA 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 2019–2023 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[5] It is the sixth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.


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 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. The 8,742-foot paved runway is the fourth longest in Wisconsin, after runways at MKE, MSN and VOK airfields.

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

  • Delta Air Lines passenger counter and kiosk
  • American 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, 2017, the airport had 20,227 aircraft operations, an average of 55 per day: 68% general aviation, 29% air taxi / airline and 3% military. In April 2019, there were 73 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, 8 jet and 1 helicopter.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Two major airlines, Delta Air Lines, served by Delta Connection, and American Airlines served by American Eagle, have 5 daily departures and arrivals with direct service to Chicago, Detroit 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 occasionally the newer 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 or Embraer 175. American Eagle now flies the Bombardier CRJ200 and the larger CRJ700s from Chicago.

American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit,[9] Minneapolis/St. Paul


Number of daily flights[edit]

Airline Airport Daily Flights
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare 2 daily
Delta Connection Detroit 1 daily
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul 2 daily

Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (Feb 2018 – Jan 2019)[10]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of LSE
(Feb 2018 – Jan 2019)[10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, IL (O’Hare) 52,280 American
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 41,260 Delta

Annual Traffic[edit]

Traffic by Calendar Year [11] [12]
Year Passenger Boardings Change Over Previous Year Year Passenger Boardings Change Over Previous Year
2000 111,238 Decrease02.10% 2010 109,962 Increase05.19%
2001 108,455 Decrease02.50% 2011 102,958 Decrease06.37%
2002 111,011 Increase02.40% 2012 97,321 Decrease05.48%
2003 112,545 Increase01.38% 2013 90,297 Decrease07.22%
2004 123,678 Increase09.89% 2014 98,869 Increase09.49%
2005 122,068 Decrease01.30% 2015 94,874 Decrease04.04%
2006 118,647 Decrease02.80% 2016 94,047 Decrease00.87%
2007 121,243 Increase02.20% 2017 92,101 Decrease02.07%
2008 111,462 Decrease08.07%
2009 104,537 Decrease06.21%
La Crosse Regional Airport operations by year


  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 April 25, 2019.
  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. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015.
  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. ^ Tribune, Jourdan Vian La Crosse. "La Crosse airport to offer nonstop flights to Detroit starting in March". Winona Daily News. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - LSE". Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports – Airports". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports - Previous Years – Airports". Retrieved 4 December 2016.

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