Appleton International Airport

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Appleton International Airport
Appleton International Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Outagamie County
Serves Appleton, Wisconsin
Location Greenville, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL 918 ft / 280 m
Coordinates 44°15′29″N 088°31′09″W / 44.25806°N 88.51917°W / 44.25806; -88.51917Coordinates: 44°15′29″N 088°31′09″W / 44.25806°N 88.51917°W / 44.25806; -88.51917
ATW is located in Wisconsin
ATW is located in USA
Location in Wisconsin/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 8,002 2,439 Concrete
12/30 6,501 1,982 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2014) 32,980
Based aircraft (2016) 71
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Jun 2016) 524,000

Appleton International Airport (IATA: ATWICAO: KATWFAA LID: ATW), formerly Outagamie County Regional Airport,[2] is an airport located in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States, just west of Appleton in the town of Greenville.[1] It is the fourth-busiest commercial airport in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.[3]

It is the main base of privately owned regional airline Air Wisconsin and was the original home of Midwest Airlines. Midwest Airlines grew out of Kimberly-Clark subsidiary K-C Aviation, which was sold in 1998 to Gulfstream Aerospace,[4][5] which retains a major facility at the airport, focusing on maintenance and interior completions.

The airport also attracts people heading back and forth between the EAA's AirVenture, Air Academy and other programs in nearby Oshkosh. Appleton International is also used for people heading to events at Lambeau Field in nearby Green Bay, most popularly Green Bay Packers games.


The airport opened with the 5,200-foot (1,580 m) runway 12/30 around 1965.

In 1933, Appleton's airport was George A. Whiting Field,[6] three miles (5 km) south of town; by 1936 the municipal airport had opened northeast of town on the south side of US 41, southeast of the intersection (44°17′15″N 88°22′30″W / 44.2874°N 88.3749°W / 44.2874; -88.3749). At its closing, it had a 3,750-foot (1,140 m) paved runway; North Central DC-3s landed there after 1958–59.[citation needed]


The Outagamie County Board rejected a proposal in 1983 to change the name to "Fox Cities Metro Airport," and three more name change efforts failed between 2003 and 2011.[7]

In February 2014, the county board voted to rename the airport "Appleton International Airport."[8] The new name was officially implemented in 2015 on August 21, during the golden anniversary celebration of the airport.[2]


The airport covers 1,638 acres (6.63 km2) at an elevation of 918 feet (280 m) above sea level.[1] It has 2 concrete runways:

  • Runway 3/21: 8,002 x 150 ft (2,439 x 46 m.), Surface: Concrete, ILS/DME equipped, with approved GPS and VOR/DME approaches.
  • Runway 12/30: 6,501 x 150 ft (1,982 x 46 m.), Surface: Concrete, ILS/DME equipped, with approved GPS approaches. [1]

In 2014, the airport had 32,980 aircraft operations, an average of 90 per day: 60% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 12% commercial airline and <1% military. In September 2016, there were 71 aircraft based at this airport: 50 single-engine, 17 multi-engine and 4 jet. [1]


The airport added a new ground level seven-gate concourse in 2000 and renovated the existing passenger terminal, which was designed by architect Paul W. Powers. The architectural theme was representative of the river flowing through the historic paper manufacturing region.

The terminal was built in 1974, with expansions in 1983, 1990, and 1998.[9] The terminal underwent its most extensive renovation and expansion to date in 2001. The new 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) gate area included more spacious seating areas with natural lighting, in floor heating, new passenger paging system, and five aircraft boarding bridges; a 6th bridge for larger planes was added later.[10] It cost $10.7 million and was designed by Mead & Hunt, Inc.[11]

The terminal has 7 gates; numbered 2-8; the layout can best be explained by looking at the Terminal map

Renovation projects[edit]

On 22 June 2016, the airport broke ground on a new car rental facility to house the 5 car rental companies serving the airport. The new facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. This will be the start of a multi-year renovation project at the airport.[12][13][14]

In 2017, work will begin in the terminal with the addition of a third baggage claim belt, meeting rooms, a brand new restaurant with airfield views, and remodeled security area.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Chicago–O'Hare

Aircraft Usage[edit]


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express and FedEx Feeder[15] Indianapolis, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Freight Runners Express Green Bay, Milwaukee
Pro Aire Cargo Marquette, Rhinelander

FedEx Express uses A300-600F aircraft; FedEx Feeder uses a variety of aircraft.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from ATW (Jul 2015 – Jun 2016)[16]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Detroit, Michigan 54,310 Delta
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 54,170 Delta
3 Atlanta, Georgia 49,550 Delta
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 48,830 United
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 15,710 Allegiant
6 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 15,560 Allegiant
7 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 14,540 Allegiant
8 Clearwater, Florida 9,710 Allegiant

Old Glory Honor Flights[edit]

ATW holds the Old Glory Honor Flights for the Fox cities area. The Old Glory Honor Flights have been bringing veterans from World War II and the Korean war to see their memorials in Washington.[17]

NFL use[edit]

The airport is the official airport used for visiting teams playing the Green Bay Packers. The teams then stay in nearby downtown Appleton at the Paper Valley Hotel.[18][19]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Flight Date Aircraft Route Description Injuries Cause
Air Wisconsin Flight 671 June 29, 1972 DHC-6 Chicago, IL-
Sheboygan, WI-
Appleton, WI
While approaching Outagamie County Regional Airport (Now Appleton International Airport), Flight 671 was involved in a midair collision over Lake Winnebago with North Central Airlines Flight 290 (Green Bay-Oshkosh-Milwaukee-Chicago; both planes crashed into the lake and sank 13 fatal
(8 on Flight 671)
(5 on Flight 290)
Pilots of both flights failed to see and avoid the others' aircraft [20]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for ATW (Form 5010 PDF), effective September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Outagamie County airport goes international". 
  3. ^ "Appleton Outagamie County Regional (ATW) Summary Statistics". 
  4. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; GULFSTREAM BUYING KIMBERLY-CLARK AVIATION UNIT". New York Times. 25 July 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gulfstream buys air services firm". Rome News-Tribune. (Georgia). Bloomberg. July 26, 1998. p. 2E. 
  6. ^ "Appleton Airport History". Outigamie Airport. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  7. ^
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  9. ^ Mullins, Robert (October 10, 1999). "Appleton Airport Awaits Funding for Expansion". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
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  11. ^ [Outagamie County Regional Airport terminal expansion]
  12. ^ "Miron Construction starts work on new car rental facility at Appleton International Airport". Appleton. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Appleton International Airport breaks ground on new car rental facility". Associated Press./WLUK. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via WLUK FOX 11. 
  14. ^ a b "Appleton Airport to build new rental car facility". USA Today. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via Post Crescent. 
  15. ^ "ATW Tenants". Appleton International Airport. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Appleton Outagamie County Regional (ATW) Summary Statistics". 
  17. ^ "(Old Glory Honor Flights)". 
  18. ^ Ryman, Richard (2016-04-27). "Green Bay has few options for visiting NFL teams". Packers News. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  19. ^ Maureen, Wallenfang (2015-08-20). "Radisson expects to continue hosting NFL teams". Post Cresent. Appleton, Wisconsin: Gannet. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  20. ^ "Aircraft Accident Report North Central Airlines, Inc. Allison Convair 340/440ICV-580, N90858 and Air ,Wisconsin Inc., DHC-6, N4043B near Appleton, Wisconsin June 29, 1972" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. 1973-04-25. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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