MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAU) - If you fly often, you probably know that work is progressing on the Central Wisconsin Airport terminal improvements. If you’re an occasional flyer, there are things you need to know.
Administrator Tony Yaron says all services are operational, but there will be areas within the terminal that are inaccessible due to construction. He says airport visitors will notice the new western portion of the building is now open and nearly complete. “We’ve got a few little minor things that we’ve got to knock off the punch list, and put a shine on everything, and that section is completed, and we’ll be ready to close that project out.”
Yaron advises occasional flyers to check online with their airlines and with TSA.gov. He says if you know what is and is not allowed before you arrive at the airport, things will go much smoother. Yaron says that is important, because the airline computers lockout attempted check-ins that are within thirty minutes of departure and you will not get on the plane.
With the new west part of the terminal open, construction workers have moved to the other end. “We began demolition of our east terminal addition. (We’re) doing the demo on that and getting ready for a ten-month project there. Of course, we’ll be building through winter again, and we hope to have that done sometime in August of 2014.”
Yaron says the airport terminal project is often a shell game, moving airline staff, rental car agents, and others around so the construction can continue. He says moving people and furniture is the easy part and it’s the technology tools that are harder to move. “Moving computers and telephone systems, and those sorts of support systems often times requires quite a lead time.”
The Administrator says one of the big improvements was relocating the car rental agents to their own building across the drop-off lane from the terminal, because that has opened up the middle of the terminal for a future second baggage claim area. Yaron says that second baggage claim will eventually help when multiple planes arrive within minutes of each other. “The old area was awfully cramped, and if we get several flights in at once and throw a charter with 150 people on top of it, it almost became a safety issue it was so crowded.” The airport improvements began a couple of years ago. Yaron says there are still two major phases of the project to go. That’s the east addition work now underway and center of the terminal where construction starts about a year from now. “I think you’re going to see some amenities finally wrapped up by the time everything’s done, and we would ask everybody who flies here to be patient and don’t mind our dust, because it’s going to be messy for another couple of years yet.”
The Central Wisconsin Airport improvements should be completed in late 2015.
(Our interview with Tony Yaron can be heard in our Newsmaker's Interview podcast, here.)