Central Wisconsin Airport

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Central Wisconsin Airport
Central Wisconsin Airport Logo.gif
Airport type Public
Owner Marathon and Portage Counties
Operator Central Wisconsin Joint Airport Board
Serves Wausau, Wisconsin
Location Mosinee, Wisconsin
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,277 ft / 389 m
Coordinates 44°46′39″N 089°40′00″W / 44.77750°N 89.66667°W / 44.77750; -89.66667
Website www.fly-cwa.org
Airport Diagram
Airport Diagram
CWA is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin
CWA is located in the US
CWA (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 7,648 2,331 Concrete
17/35 6,501 1,982 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2016) 12,687
Based aircraft (2018) 20
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Apr 2018) 112,000

Central Wisconsin Airport (IATA: CWA, ICAO: KCWA, FAA LID: CWA), referred to as "C-Way", is a public airport located 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the central business district of Mosinee, in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is owned by Marathon County and Portage County.[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.[2] It is the fifth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.

The airport serves the cities of Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids, tourism communities in northern Wisconsin, and the smaller exurbs of Bevent, Five Corners, Hatley and Rosholt. It is 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Granite Peak Ski Area, located in Rib Mountain State Park.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Panoramic view of facilities

Central Wisconsin Airport covers an area of 1,800 acres (730 ha) at an elevation of 1,277 feet (389 m) above mean sea level. It contains two concrete paved runways: 8/26 measuring 7,648 x 150 ft (2,331 x 46 m) and 17/35 measuring 6,501 x 150 ft (1,982 x 46 m).[1] For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2016, the airport had 12,687 operations, an average of 35 aircraft operations per day: 64% scheduled commercial, 35% general aviation and 1% military. In July 2018, there were 20 aircraft based at this airport: 16 single-engine, 3 multi-engine and 1 jet aircraft. [3]

In 1997, the terminal was modernized with five new gates, and the highway access was reconstructed.

CWA has T-Hangars for lease or either an individual or corporation can construct their own hangar.[4]

The airport is home to a maintenance base for Endeavor Air.

On 1 September 2012, the airport began a $10 million modernization program, moving the security checkpoints and enlarging the ticket counters to lower passenger congestion. The airport is gaining a geothermal energy system that will reduce utility bills, providing all but 20% of its heating and cooling requirements.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Gate area
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare [6]
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul [7]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare [8]


Numerous charter airlines periodically run charter flights from the airport.

Cargo operations[edit]

FedEx Feeder Madison, Milwaukee
Freight Runners Express Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Rhinelander
Pro Aire Cargo Rhinelander


Carrier shares: (May 2017 – Apr 2018)[9]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Endeavor Air
Envoy Air
Air Wisconsin
Busiest domestic routes from CWA (May 2017 – Apr 2018)[9]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 49,970 American, United
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 36,950 Delta
3 Detroit, Michigan 25,010 Delta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for CWA (Form 5010 PDF), effective July 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.airnav.com/airport/KCWA
  4. ^ http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/air/docs/rates-document07.pdf[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Central Wisconsin Passenger Terminal Upgrade". Airport International. July 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - CWA". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 

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