Appleton International Airport
|Appleton International Airport|
|Elevation AMSL||918 ft / 280 m|
Appleton International Airport (IATA: ATW, ICAO: KATW, FAA LID: ATW), formerly Outagamie County Regional Airport, is an airport located in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States, just west of Appleton in the town of Greenville. 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. It is the fourth-busiest commercial airport in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served. In 2016 the airport contributed $676 million dollars to the Northeastern Wisconsin economy.
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, 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. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Airlines and destinations
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Other uses
- 6 Accidents and incidents
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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, 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 ( ). At its closing, it had a 3,750-foot (1,140 m) paved runway; North Central DC-3s landed there after 1958–59.
In February 2014, the county board voted to rename the airport "Appleton International Airport." The new name was officially implemented in 2015 on August 21, during the golden anniversary celebration of the airport.
- 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.
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.
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. 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. It cost $10.7 million and was designed by Mead & Hunt, Inc.
The global headquarters for Air Wisconsin are located on the second floor of the terminal.
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.
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.
As suggested by the name, the airport is an international port of entry. 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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul|||
Map of Destinations
|Map of Destinations|
- Allegiant Air uses MD-80 family and A319/A320 aircraft.
- American Eagle uses the Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.
- Delta Air Lines uses Boeing 717 and A319/A320 aircraft.
- Delta Connection uses Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft.
- United Express uses Bombardier CRJ200, Embraer ERJ 135/145, and Embraer E170/175 aircraft.
|FedEx Express and FedEx Feeder||Fargo, Indianapolis, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Freight Runners Express||Green Bay, Milwaukee|
|Pro Aire Cargo||Marquette, Rhinelander|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|2||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||55,300||Delta|
|3||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||51,460||American, United|
|6||Las Vegas, Nevada||14,770||Allegiant|
|Year||Passenger Boardings||Change Over Previous Year|
Old Glory Honor Flights
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. The airport has hosted many community events to raise money for these flights including a plane pull event in September 2017. The flights are flown by Sun Country Airlines.
Wings for Autism
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. 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.
Civil Air Patrol
Accidents and incidents
- On June 29, 1972, Air Wisconsin Flight 671, a DHC-6 Twin Otter, collided over Lake Winnebago with North Central Airlines Flight 290 while on approach to the airport; both planes crashed into the lake and sank resulting in 13 fatalities.
- On December 23, 2016, a chartered Delta Airlines Airbus A330 (N802NW) carrying the NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings slid off a taxiway after landing stranding the team on board for four hours before they were rescused using fire ladders.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ATW ( PDF), effective November 9, 2017.
- "Outagamie County airport goes international".
- "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Appleton International (ATW) Summary Statistics".
- "Airport's economic impact tops $265 million". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
Appleton generated $676 million in local impact
- "Economic Impact - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "COMPANY NEWS; GULFSTREAM BUYING KIMBERLY-CLARK AVIATION UNIT". New York Times. 25 July 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Gulfstream buys air services firm". Rome News-Tribune. (Georgia). Bloomberg. July 26, 1998. p. 2E.
- "Appleton International Airport offering camping sites during EAA AirVenture". Fox 11. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- "Appleton Airport History". Outigamie Airport. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
- Mullins, Robert (October 10, 1999). "Appleton Airport Awaits Funding for Expansion". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- [Outagamie County Regional Airport terminal expansion]
- "Miron Construction starts work on new car rental facility at Appleton International Airport". miron-construction.com. Appleton. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- "Appleton International Airport breaks ground on new car rental facility". Associated Press./WLUK. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via WLUK FOX 11.
- "Appleton Airport to build new rental car facility". USA Today. June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via Post Crescent.
- Behr, Madeleine (22 April 2017). "Fox Cities Notebook | Solar tech at airport". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "Appleton International Airport - U.S. Customs and Border Protection". www.cbp.gov. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
- 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
- Roberts, Rhonda (2016-04-27). "Appleton International Airport unveils new U.S. Customs facility". WBAY. Young Broadcasting of Green Bay. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
- "Appleton International Airport dedicates customs and border facility". NBC 26. Scripps TV Station Group. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
- "Allegiant Air Route Map". www.allegiantair.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "Timetable". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "ATW Tenants". Appleton International Airport. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports – Airports 2015". www.faa.gov. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports - Previous Years – Airports Previous Years". www.faa.gov. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "(Old Glory Honor Flights)".
- "Plane Pull benefits Old Glory Honor Flight". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- Ryman, Richard (2016-04-27). "Green Bay has few options for visiting NFL teams". Packers News. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
- Maureen, Wallenfang (2015-08-20). "Radisson expects to continue hosting NFL teams". Post Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin: Gannet. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
- "Wings for Autism - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW).
- "Wings for Autism - Autism Society of the Fox Valley". Autism Society of the Fox Valley.
- "Appleton airport goes blue for autism awareness". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "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.
- 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.
- Zettel, Jen (2016-12-24). "Vikings stranded on plane for hours". The Post-Crescent. Gannett Media. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
- USA Today. USA Today. December 24, 2016 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2016/12/23/plane-slides-off-taxiway-appleton-international/95812168/. Retrieved October 31, 2017. Missing or empty
- Official website
- "Appleton International (ATW)" (PDF). from the Wisconsin DOT Airport Directory
- (PDF), effective November 9, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ATW, effective November 9, 2017
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