Appleton International Airport
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. Although ATW is an international airport, currently there are no scheduled international flights. Rather, private aircraft arriving in the United States can clear Customs at the airport.
Appleton International Airport
|Serves||Appleton, Wisconsin/Fox Cities|
|Opened||August 22, 1965|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−05:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||918 ft / 280 m|
FAA Airport Diagram
It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. It is the third busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served. In 2016 the airport contributed $676 million to the Northeastern Wisconsin economy. In May 2018, Appleton International Airport was the fourth fastest growing airport in the US.
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. Most visiting NFL teams also fly into ATW as they stay at the nearby Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel.
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Airlines and destinations
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Other uses
- 6 Ground transportation
- 7 Accidents and incidents
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The airport opened with the 5,200-foot (1,580 m) runway 12/30 around 1965.
In the 1920s, Appleton's airport was George A. Whiting Field, three miles (5 km) south of town. When Northwest was awarded Contract Airmail Route No. 9 in 1926, Whiting Field became one of the original six airports in the airline's route network. Passenger service on Northwest began in 1927 but was short lived. 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.
Late 2010's GrowthEdit
Over the last few years, the airport has seen a period of mass growth. In May 2018 a report by Bloomberg News revealed that Appleton International Airport was the fourth fastest growing airport in the US with a 26.8% increase in passengers compared to 2 years prior.
This expansion is the result of the introduction of American Airlines and an increase in flights from Air Wisconsin flying under the United Express brand. New routes like Denver and Punta Gorda, an upgrade in the size of aircraft being utilized by airlines and cheaper airfare have also contributed towards the large growth.
In 2018 the airport handled just over 692,000 passengers the largest in its history.
Historical air serviceEdit
Through the years, the airport has been served by North Central Airlines, Air Wisconsin (headquarters), Midwest Express (original headquarters), Republic Airlines (1979–1986), Northwest Airlines, Britt Airways, United Express, Skyway Airlines, Northwest Airlink, Comair, Delta Connection, Chicago Express Airlines, Frontier Express, Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, and American Eagle. In addition, for a brief period in the mid 1980s, Pan American provided service under a unique code sharing operation with Republic.
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 approaches.
- Runway 12/30: 6,501 x 150 ft (1,982 x 46 m.), Surface: Concrete, ILS/DME equipped, with approved GPS approaches.
For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 32,163 aircraft operations, an average of 88 per day: 61% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 14% commercial airline and less than 1% military. In September 2019, there were 71 aircraft based at this airport: 50 single-engine, 17 multi-engine and 4 jet. The airport is an international port of entry capable of processing planes of 20 or fewer people as well as cargo planes and their cargo.
CAVU Flight Academy is the flight school of the 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. 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 terminal has 6 gates with jetbridges; numbered 3-8. Gates 1 and 2 are rarely used due to their close proximity to the main terminal building and the resulting difficulty maneuvering aircraft in those tight spaces. The layout can best be explained by looking at the Terminal map
The global headquarters for Air Wisconsin is located on the second floor of the terminal.
Since October 2009 the airport has been completing a number of renovation projects under a PFC plan. Parts of the project already completed include rehabilitating runway 12/30 and taxiway B as well as expanding taxiway N and installing runway guard lights throughout the field. In January 2017, a new rental car facility opened across from the terminal building.
In December 2017, the airport started a project to remodel the terminal with the addition of meeting space, a brand new restaurant with airfield views, remodeled/expanded security area, and remodeled check-in area.
In 2011 the airport was one of ten nationwide airports selected to participate in an FAA airport sustainability project with a goal to make the airport 70% more energy efficient by 2030. In 2017 the airport constructed a few solar carports (covered parking structure with solar panels on the roof) in the short-term parking lot. Additional solar carports are currently under construction for a fall 2019 completion date. The solar carports supplement a system of solar panels installed on the roof of the terminal building which were installed in the early 2010s.
The Platinum Flight Center Terminal which was constructed in 2013 is a LEED-certified facility and features zero VOC finishes, a roof-mounted 26 kW photovoltaic system, a ground source heat pump, in-floor radiant conditioning, and a rainwater collection system. The terminal was the nation’s first airport terminal to achieve a net-zero energy designation, receiving a Class D Net Zero Energy Building rating and is widely considered to be a leader in airport energy sustainability.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Map of Destinations|
|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)|
|1||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||106,590||American, United|
|2||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||64,220||Delta|
|8||Las Vegas, Nevada||14,240||Allegiant|
|10||Punta Gorda, Florida||7,180||Allegiant|
|Year||Passenger Boardings||Change Over Previous Year||Year||Passenger Boardings||Change Over Previous Year|
Old Glory Honor FlightsEdit
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 AutismEdit
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 PatrolEdit
Valley Transit bus service does not have a stop servicing the airport, but there are stops nearby.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- 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 Air Lines Airbus A330 (N802NW) carrying an NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, slid off a taxiway after landing, stranding the team on board for four hours before they were rescued using fire ladders.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ATW ( PDF), effective September 12, 2019.
- "Outagamie County airport goes international".
- "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 109. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
- "Appleton International (ATW) Summary Statistics".
- "Airport's economic impact tops $265 million". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
Appleton generated $676 million in local impact
- "Economic Impact - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "These Are America's Fastest-Growing Airports". Bloomberg.com. May 31, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "COMPANY NEWS; GULFSTREAM BUYING KIMBERLY-CLARK AVIATION UNIT". New York Times. July 25, 1998. Retrieved August 4, 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. February 18, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
- "Appleton Airport History". Outigamie Airport. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- "History - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Appleton International Airport - U.S. Customs and Border Protection". www.cbp.gov. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
- Mullins, Robert (October 10, 1999). "Appleton Airport Awaits Funding for Expansion". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- Outagamie County Airport Retires Bonds - Terminal is Debt Free Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- [Outagamie County Regional Airport terminal expansion]
- "Notice of Passenger Facility Charge - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved February 14, 2018.
- "Miron Construction starts work on new car rental facility at Appleton International Airport". miron-construction.com. Appleton. July 12, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 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.
- Schuller, Kris (December 2, 2017). "Improvements underway at Appleton International Airport". WEAREGREENBAY. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- Behr, Madeleine (April 22, 2017). "Fox Cities Notebook | Solar tech at airport". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- "LEED Case Study - Platinum Flight Center". Platinum Flight Center. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- "USGBC's report reveals transportation industry embraces sustainability". RE Journal. October 31, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- News, FOX 11. "Allegiant announces new direct flight from Appleton International Airport". WLUK. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- "Nonstop flights to Appleton during EAA AirVenture". WGBA. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "ATW Tenants". Appleton International Airport. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports – Airports 2015". www.faa.gov. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports - Previous Years – Airports Previous Years". www.faa.gov. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- "(Old Glory Honor Flights)".
- "Plane Pull benefits Old Glory Honor Flight". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- Ryman, Richard (April 27, 2016). "Green Bay has few options for visiting NFL teams". Packers News. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- Maureen, Wallenfang (August 20, 2015). "Radisson expects to continue hosting NFL teams". Post Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin: Gannet. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- "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 September 22, 2017.
- "Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "Uber rides are OK at Appleton airport". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "Taxi, Lyft, Uber - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "Rental Cars - Appleton International Airport (ATW)". Appleton International Airport (ATW). Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- "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. April 25, 1973. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
- Caplan, David (December 23, 2016). "Plane Carrying Minnesota Vikings Slides off Wisconsin Taxiway Leaving Players Stranded for Hours". ABC News. Greenville: American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
- Zettel, Jen (December 24, 2016). "Vikings stranded on plane for hours". The Post-Crescent. Gannett Media. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
- "Vikings stranded on plane for hours". USA Today. December 24, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Appleton International Airport.|
- Official website
- "Appleton International (ATW)" (PDF). from the Wisconsin DOT Airport Directory
- (PDF), effective October 10, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ATW, effective October 10, 2019
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