Central Wisconsin Airport Set to Unveil New Terminal
Some good news in the regional aviation sector with the completion of the 5 year, $38 million project to renovate and expand Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA).
Serving the Wausau / Stevens Point region, the airport will host a ‘Grand Re-Opening’ and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 9, 2016 for the official unveiling of its stylish new terminal.
The repaving of the parking lots and circular road leading to the airport, as well as landscaping of the grounds brought the five-phase project to a close this past spring.
Earlier stages saw the completion of a $2.5 million car rental facility, with rental offices being re-located to the state-of-the-art building just steps away from the terminal. This move opened up more space on the terminal’s east side for another baggage carousel, larger bathrooms and greater space for visitors and arriving passengers to congregate.
Later project stages saw an additional 14,000 square feet being added to the check-in areas, with the security check-point also being expanded. With the added floor space, Central Wisconsin Airport now features a designated security lane for the TSA Pre-Check Program.
Behind the scenes, airport workers benefit from a designated area for the massive checked baggage screening device along with larger offices, new and improved baggage belts and increased tarmac and garage space for airside vehicles.
Owned by Marathon and Portage counties, the airport was completed on schedule, with project funds coming from state and federal grants and airport ticket sales.
CWA and the Region at a Glance
Three airlines fly into CWA. Delta offers three weekday flights to Minneapolis and another three to Detroit. Both American and United fly twice daily to Chicago O’Hare. Flights are operated with 50 seat regional jets.
Due to the length of its two runways and the size of the terminal, CWA can handle planes as large as the 747. Charter flights are common at CWA and are typically operated with Boeing 737s or MD-80s.
One of the biggest draws to the Central Wisconsin region is Granite Peak Ski Area which is located on Rib Mountain, just outside Wausau. Featuring 75 ski runs, 5 chair lifts and an historic 1930s chalet, Granite Peak is one of the first ski areas ever to open in North America.
In Summer, tourists are drawn to the hundreds of fresh water lakes for outdoor recreation. Annual kayak events and international kayak competitions are held on the Wisconsin River every summer at Wausau’s Whitewater Park. Wausau is also home to a thriving arts community and the city’s art museum, stage theatre and city square host countless events throughout the year.
Area colleges and universities include the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin Marathon County in Wausau, and Northcentral Technical College, also in Wausau. The Medical College of Wisconsin recently opened a campus in Wausau.