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Despite drop in passengers, CWA renovation moving forward

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MOSINEE (WAOW)--Central Wisconsin Airport will undergo extensive renovation under a three-year, 25 million dollar plan. However, some passengers say they won't fly if ticket prices and the economy don't improve.

"Our numbers have been off a little bit...due to bad weather and rising fuel prices," said CWA Administrator Tony Yaron. Despite a drop in people coming in and out of the airport, he's optimistic about renovations.

"Over the long term we are growing, we need to keep pace with that change. This is a project that's been in the making for seven years," he said. Airport officials are confident the market will improve and in time, fuel prices will go back down, meaning more travelers.

For travelers like Linda Sorum, visiting central Wisconsin from Oregon, higher prices mean she'll stay grounded. "After this trip I'm just going to be staying put for a while."

Yaron said CWA stays competitive with other Wisconsin airports, and is consistently about ten dollars cheaper than Minneapolis.

 

Meanwhile, travelers say they'll continue to shop around for the best rates. Airport officials hope a newly renovated airport will help steer traffic their way.

Yaron said the 25 million dollar project, which breaks ground June 1st for a new rent-a-car facility, won't be hindered by the drop in traffic. CWA plans to start infrastructure renovations in July.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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