Appleton International Airport

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Appleton International Airport
Appleton International Airport Logo.jpg
Appleton International Airport.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
Airport Diagram
Airport Diagram
ATW is located in Wisconsin
ATW is located in the US
Location of airport 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 (2015) 33,679
Based aircraft (2017) 71
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Aug 2017) 274,000
Cargo handled (12 months ending Aug 2017) 22,000,000 lbs.

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 included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3] It is the fourth-busiest commercial airport in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.[4] In 2016 the airport contributed $676 million dollars to the Northeastern Wisconsin economy.[5][6]

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,[7][8] which retains a major facility at the airport, focusing on maintenance and interior completions.

The airport attracts people heading back and forth between the EAA's AirVenture, Air Academy and other programs in nearby Oshkosh. Starting in 2017, the airport began to offer camping for AirVenture.[9] 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 often offers flights to Northeastern Wisconsin during Packer game weekends at a cheaper fare than Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport, the main airport for Green Bay.


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,[10] 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.[11]

In February 2014, the county board voted to rename the airport "Appleton International Airport."[12] The new name was officially implemented in 2015 on August 21, during the golden anniversary celebration of the airport.[2]


Tower and Gulfstream Hangar

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 2015, the airport had 33,679 aircraft operations, an average of 92 per day: 63% general aviation, 23% air taxi, 13% commercial airline and 1% military. In November 2017, there were 71 aircraft based at this airport: 50 single-engine, 17 multi-engine and 4 jet.[1]

Main Gulfstream ramp at airport


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.[13] 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.[14] It cost $10.7 million and was designed by Mead & Hunt, Inc.[15]

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

The global headquarters for Air Wisconsin are located on the second floor of the terminal.

Renovation projects[edit]

Car rental center under construction

On June 22, 2016, the airport broke ground on a new car rental facility to house the 5 car rental companies serving the airport. The new facility officially opened in January 2017.[16][17][18]

In 2018, 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.[18]

Energy efficiency[edit]

In response to Earth Day, airport administration announced a project to build one or two solar carports (covered parking structure with solar panels on the roof) in the short-term parking lot. This would be an addition to the solar panels installed on the roof of the terminal building. The airport is one of ten nationwide airports in an FAA sustainability project with a goal to make the airport 70% more energy efficient than in 2010.[19]

International Operations[edit]

As suggested by the name, the airport is an international port of entry.[20] In 2016, the airport processed 58 international flights, 17 under the original goal. Of the 58 flights, 57% were Appleton-based planes and 43% planes from elsewhere.[21]

On April 27, 2016, the airport unveiled a brand new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. The facility is capable of processing planes of 20 or fewer people as well as cargo planes and their cargo. About 75-100 aircraft were expected to use the facility in the first year with the number gradually climbing in future years. The airport currently does not have scheduled international airline service.[22][23]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Refs
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater [24]
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare [25]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul [26]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare [27]

Map of Destinations[edit]

Map of Destinations
All passenger destinations from Appleton International Airport (ATW).

Aircraft Usage[edit]


Many charter airlines including Sun Country Airlines and Swift Air periodically run charter flights from the airport.

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express and FedEx Feeder[28] Fargo, 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.


Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (Sep 2016 – Aug 2017)[4]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from ATW (Sep 2016 – Aug 2017)[4]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Detroit, Michigan 57,010 Delta
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 55,300 Delta
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 51,460 American, United
4 Atlanta, Georgia 48,650 Delta
5 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 16,960 Allegiant
6 Las Vegas, Nevada 14,770 Allegiant
7 Clearwater, Florida 14,630 Allegiant
8 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 14,260 Allegiant

Annual traffic[edit]

Traffic by Calendar Year[29][30]
Year Passenger Boardings Change Over Previous Year
2000 260,474 Decrease02.3%0
2001 244,930 Decrease05.96%0
2002 259,624 Increase06%0
2003 250,225 Decrease03.62%0
2004 288,197 Increase03.81%0
2005 299,179 Increase03.81%0
2006 285,123 Decrease04.7%0
2007 288,180 Increase01.1%0
2008 259,340 Decrease010.01%0
2009 271,997 Increase04.88%0
2010 272,471 Increase00.17%0
2011 242,346 Decrease011.06%0
2012 229,248 Decrease05.4%0
2013 246,211 Increase07.4%0
2014 249,656 Increase01.4%0
2015 258,321 Increase03.47%0
2016 270,633 Increase04.77%0

Other uses[edit]

Old Glory Honor Flights[edit]

ATW holds the Old Glory Honor Flights for the Northeast Wisconsin area. The Old Glory Honor Flights have been bringing veterans from World War II and the Korean war to see their memorials in Washington.[31] The airport has hosted many community events to raise money for these flights including a plane pull event in September 2017.[32] The flights are flown by Sun Country Airlines.

NFL use[edit]

The airport is often used for visiting teams playing the Green Bay Packers.[33][34]

Wings for Autism[edit]

The airport along with Allegiant Air hosts a bi-annual event called "Wings for Autism". The event allows children with a disability on the Autism spectrum along with their parents to go through a rehearsal flight in which they practice checking in for their flight, going through airport security, flight boarding, and collecting checked baggage. The event is sponsored by many local organizations and companies.[35][36] It is one of the largest versions of the event held nationally.

Every year in April the airport celebrates autism awareness month by lighting up the terminal blue.[37]

Civil Air Patrol[edit]

The airport is home to the Fox Cities Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol which houses a fleet of Cessna 182's at the airport.[38]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Outagamie County airport goes international". 
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Appleton International (ATW) Summary Statistics". 
  5. ^ "Airport's economic impact tops $265 million". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 21 September 2017. Appleton generated $676 million in local impact 
  6. ^ "Economic Impact - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; GULFSTREAM BUYING KIMBERLY-CLARK AVIATION UNIT". New York Times. 25 July 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gulfstream buys air services firm". Rome News-Tribune. (Georgia). Bloomberg. July 26, 1998. p. 2E. 
  9. ^ "Appleton International Airport offering camping sites during EAA AirVenture". Fox 11. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Appleton Airport History". Outigamie Airport. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
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  17. ^ "Appleton International Airport breaks ground on new car rental facility". Associated Press./WLUK. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via WLUK FOX 11. 
  18. ^ a b "Appleton Airport to build new rental car facility". USA Today. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via Post Crescent. 
  19. ^ Behr, Madeleine (22 April 2017). "Fox Cities Notebook | Solar tech at airport". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Appleton International Airport - U.S. Customs and Border Protection". Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  21. ^ Wallenfang, Maureen (12 March 2017). "ATW's 'international' side takes off slowly". The Post-Crescent. Retrieved 8 May 2017. The airport cleared 58 planes arriving from or returning from foreign countries in 2016 
  22. ^ Roberts, Rhonda (2016-04-27). "Appleton International Airport unveils new U.S. Customs facility". WBAY. Young Broadcasting of Green Bay. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  23. ^ "Appleton International Airport dedicates customs and border facility". NBC 26. Scripps TV Station Group. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  24. ^ "Allegiant Air Route Map". Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  27. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "ATW Tenants". Appleton International Airport. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  29. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports – Airports 2015". Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  30. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports - Previous Years – Airports Previous Years". Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  31. ^ "(Old Glory Honor Flights)". 
  32. ^ "Plane Pull benefits Old Glory Honor Flight". Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  33. ^ Ryman, Richard (2016-04-27). "Green Bay has few options for visiting NFL teams". Packers News. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  34. ^ Maureen, Wallenfang (2015-08-20). "Radisson expects to continue hosting NFL teams". Post Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin: Gannet. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  35. ^ "Wings for Autism - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). 
  36. ^ "Wings for Autism - Autism Society of the Fox Valley". Autism Society of the Fox Valley. 
  37. ^ "Appleton airport goes blue for autism awareness". Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  38. ^ "Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  39. ^ "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. 
  40. ^ Caplan, David (2016-12-23). "Plane Carrying Minnesota Vikings Slides off Wisconsin Taxiway Leaving Players Stranded for Hours". ABC News. Greenville: American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  41. ^ Zettel, Jen (2016-12-24). "Vikings stranded on plane for hours". The Post-Crescent. Gannett Media. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  42. ^ USA Today. USA Today. December 24, 2016 Retrieved October 31, 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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