The Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) Board has approved accepting an offer from the federal government totaling almost $5.2 million for construction of the next phase of the airport’s expansion and renovation.
The grant will pay for the lion’s share of the work.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund the project, which includes a terminal expansion on the east end that will enlarge the baggage claim area. In the next week, the airport plans to fully open its new space at the terminal’s west end ticketing and passenger waiting area.
Ellis Stone Construction Company of Stevens Point won the $6.5 million bid to expand the terminal to the east. The Phase 4 project involves a multi-story addition of almost 24,000 square feet.
The airport administration had to act quickly to accept the FAA grant, which received approval just four days before the acceptance deadline. Approval came at a special board meeting on Sept. 16.
Other improvements in the $30 million dollar expansion/renovation project included a new car rental building and parking lot expansion and resurfacing.
CWA saw a significant improvement in passengers served during August. Departing passengers were up almost 11 percent over the same month last year, while arriving passenger numbers increased by nearly 15 percent.
CWA has seen those numbers improve in each of the past several months as the economy recovers. American Eagle, one of three carriers serving the airport, registered the largest passenger increase through schedule improvements. Delta and United are the other airlines with service at CWA.
Overnight parking numbers also increased during August by 24 percent. For the year, there’s been an almost 14 percent increase in the number of cars parked overnight.