Central Wisconsin Airport, also known as a "C-Way," represents a Marathon County and Portage County-owned public airport, which is located three miles southeast of the central business district of Mosinee. The airport is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial facility and is included in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for the period from 2019 to 2023. CWA is considered to be the fifth busiest out of eight airports in Wisconsin. Currently, the airport serves a big swath of Central and North Central Wisconsin, including such cities as Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. At the moment, the airport is served by three airlines, Delta, American and United Airlines. Ten departures are operated at the CWA daily.
The airport first was opened in 1969. At that time, the annual amount of departing passengers was just 39 000. The discussion for the need for the tower started in the 1970s, but only in November 1990, the airport managed to receive funding from the U.S. House and Senate for building a tower at Central Wisconsin Airport. Other significant improvements were made in 1998. After the concourse renovations, the airport was equipped with five departure gates and four boarding bridges.
After the 9/11 tragedy, numerous changes were implemented in the airport industry. Planning for the major terminal reconstructions has started in 2010. In spring 2011, the terminal renovation and expansion project was finished. It aimed to increase operational space, expand the security checkpoint and parking facilities.
Today, three airlines are serving the airport. Those are American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express. Due to the most recent record, the total amount of arriving and departing passengers was approximately 270 000. Most of them were using an Endeavor Air regional airline.
In the future, Marathon and Portage Counties are concentrated on providing an easy passenger experience and ensuring that the communities of Central Wisconsin have comfortable access not only to the rest of the country but to the whole world.