La Crosse Regional Airport

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La Crosse Regional Airport
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Terminal building
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of La Crosse
Serves La Crosse, Wisconsin
OpenedMarch 1947 (1947-03) [1]
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
  Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation  AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 43°52′45″N091°15′24″W / 43.87917°N 91.25667°W / 43.87917; -91.25667 Coordinates: 43°52′45″N091°15′24″W / 43.87917°N 91.25667°W / 43.87917; -91.25667
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Location of airport in Wisconsin, United States
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LSE (the United States)
Direction LengthSurface
Aircraft operations (2019)19,703
Based aircraft (2021)73
Departing passengers (12 months ending February 2020)97,000
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La Crosse Regional Airport tower

La Crosse Regional Airport( IATA : LSE [3] , ICAO : KLSE, FAA LID : LSE) is a public airport located 5 nautical miles (9.3  km ; 5.8  mi ) northwest of La Crosse, a city in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. [2] Until August 2013 the airport was called La Crosse Municipal Airport. [4]


It occupies the northern area of French Island, next to the Mississippi River. La Crosse's airport is the closest scheduled airline airport to the U.S. Army Fort McCoy base near Sparta, Wisconsin.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. [5] It is the fifth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served. [6] It is the sixth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.


The La Crosse Airport can accommodate the largest aircraft. One of the largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 Air Force One (AF1), has made overnight trips to this airport with every U.S. President for the last 20 years.

In 1998 President Bill Clinton flew to La Crosse in AF1 Boeing 707 (VC-137C SAM 26000). This was the last time a US President flew on this plane, which was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. One of the world's largest cargo jets, a Russian Antonov An-124, has flown to La Crosse airport. The US military C-5A cargo and KC-10 Extender cargo/refueling jets have been at the annual summer Deke Slayton Airshow (area astronaut), Airfest at the airport, along with vintage and modern military and private planes. The show has also featured the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds. In the past, Sun Country Airlines has flown DC-10 (380 passenger seats) on charter flights from La Crosse to other cities. The New Orleans Saints NFL football team flew the 180-seat Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 planes each week to La Crosse for summer camp, and to and from NFL cities for pre-season games.

The airport's control tower was one of 143 towers slated for closure by the FAA due to the 2013 federal sequester. [7] [8] However, the closures did not occur after Congress restored funding to the FAA. [9]


The airport covers 1,380 acres (558  ha) at an elevation of 656 feet (200 m). It has three runways: 18/36 is 8,742 by 150 feet (2,665 m × 46 m) concrete; 13/31 is 6,050 by 150 feet (1,844 m × 46 m) asphalt; 4/22 is 5,199 by 150 feet (1,585 m × 46 m) asphalt. [2]

The original runway layout is still in use, with many improvements. The 8,742-foot paved runway is the fourth longest in Wisconsin, after runways at MKE, MSN and VOK airfields.

The airport has a modern two-story passenger terminal with three gates. The following are provided:

There are 11 corporate hangars and eight multi-aircraft T-hangars on the airport property. There is a cellphone-use free parking area for those awaiting passenger arrivals.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2019, the airport had 19,703 aircraft operations, an average of 54 per day: 72% general aviation, 26% air taxi / airline and 2% military. In January 2021, there were 73 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single-engine, 5 multi-engine and 8 jet. [2]

Airlines and destinations

Two major airlines, Delta Air Lines, served by Delta Connection, and American Airlines served by American Eagle, have 6 daily departures and arrivals with direct service to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis. Sun Country Airlines provides periodic Boeing 737 flights to cities such as Bullhead City, Arizona (next to Laughlin, Nevada).

La Crosse Regional Airport is served by Delta Connection's 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 and occasionally the newer 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 or Embraer 175. American Eagle now flies the Embraer 145 and the larger CRJ700s from Chicago.

American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Connection Detroit, [10] Minneapolis/St. Paul


Number of daily flights

AirlineAirportDaily flights
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare 3 daily
Delta Connection Detroit 1 daily
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul 2 daily

Carrier shares

Carrier shares (August 2019 – July 2020) [6]
CarrierPassengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air

Top destinations

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A Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800
Busiest domestic routes out of LSE
(August 2019 – July 2020) [6]
1 Chicago, IL (O’Hare) 34,940American
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 21,550Delta
3 Detroit, MI 8,630Delta

Annual traffic

Traffic by calendar year [11] [12]
YearPassenger boardingsChange over previous yearYearPassenger boardingsChange over previous year

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