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Appleton International Airport

Appleton International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Outagamie County
Serves Appleton, Wisconsin
Location Greenville, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL 918 ft / 280 m
ATW is located in Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 8,002 2,439 Concrete
12/30 6,501 1,982 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 33,994
Based aircraft 71

Appleton International Airport (ICAO: 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. It is the fourth-busiest commercial airport in Wisconsin.[1]

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. K-C Aviation is now part of Gulfstream Aerospace.

Green Bay's airport, Austin Straubel International Airport in Ashwaubenon, is about 25 miles (40 km) northeast.

The airport also attracts people heading back and forth between the EAA's AirVenture, Air Academy and other programs.


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Terminal 2.1
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
    • Cargo 3.2
  • Old Glory Honor Flights 4
  • Top domestic destinations 5
  • Renaming 6
  • Possible Expansion 7
  • Nearby airports 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The airport opened with one runway (5200-ft runway 12) around 1965.

In 1933 Appleton's airport was George A Whiting Field,[3] three miles 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 . In the 1950s and when it closed it had a 3750-ft paved runway; North Central DC-3s landed there after 1958-59.


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

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

In 2007 the airport had 49,710 aircraft operations, average 136 per day: 55% general aviation, 34% air taxi, 11% airline and <1% military. 69 aircraft were then based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 19% multi-engine and 6% 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.[4] 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.[5] It cost $10.7 million and was designed by Mead & Hunt, Inc.[6]

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

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations Gate(s)
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St.Petersburg/Clearwater (begins November 6, 2015)[7] 6
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul 3,5,7
United Express Chicago-O'Hare 4

Gates 2 & 8 are unused on a regular basis and are just used for charters and as back-up


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express [8] Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Indianapolis

On occasion some other airports are served

Old Glory Honor Flights

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. [9]

Top domestic destinations

Busiest domestic routes from ATW (Aug 2014 - Jul 2015)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 54,000 Delta
2 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 53,000 United
2 Detroit, Michigan 53,000 Delta
4 Atlanta, Georgia 48,000 Delta
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 16,000 Allegiant
6 Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona 15,000 Allegiant
7 Orlando-Sanford, Florida 14,000 Allegiant


In 1983 the county board rejected a proposal 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 Outagamie County Board voted[12] to rename the airport "Appleton International Airport".

The name Appleton International Airport was officially implanted on August 21, 2015 during the 50th birthday celebration of the Airport[13]

Possible Expansion

On the 23rd of June 2014, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported of a major expansion project estimated to cost 140 Million Dollars that would run from 2015 to 2019. Some of the projects in the plan were[14] ...

  • Lengthening RW 12/30 to 8000 ft (2019)
  • Look into a new tower and if needed build a brand new one on the west side of the field (Conduct study in 2015, Build tower 2019)
  • New GA ramp at north end of field (2015)
  • Enlarge cargo ramp (2018)
  • Brand new car rental center out of the terminal (2016)
  • Build a parking structure (2019)

Nearby airports


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for ATW (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2015-04-19.
  2. ^ Outagamie County airport goes international
  3. ^ "Appleton Airport History". Outigamie Airport. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mullins, Robert (October 10, 1999). "Appleton Airport Awaits Funding for Expansion". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ [Outagamie County Regional Airport terminal expansion]
  7. ^
  8. ^ "ATW Tenants". Appleton INternation Airport. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  9. ^ cite web |title= (Old Glory Honor Flights) |url=
  10. ^ cite web |title=Appleton Outagamie County Regional (ATW) Summary Statistics|url= WI: Outagamie County Regional&carrier=FACTS
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Outagamie County airport goes international". 
  14. ^ Collor, Jim. "Appleton’s airport plans ‘aggressive’ expansion". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Outagamie County Regional Airport PDF from the Wisconsin DOT Airport Directory
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective June 23, 2016
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for ATW, effective June 23, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KATW
    • ASN accident history for ATW
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KATW
    • FAA current ATW delay information

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