The project includes a 30,000-square-foot hangar and 7,000-square-feet of office space that will be attached to the hangar. Construction starts next month with the hangar being completed by the end of 2018.
“Wisconsin holds a special place in Air Wisconsin’s 53-year history,” Christine Deister, president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are proud and delighted to be growing our airline’s team in our home state and investing in our local communities by creating more high-paying jobs with great benefits.”
Air Wisconsin has a long history in Appleton. It began running commuter flights between Appleton and Chicago in 1965, the same year that Outagamie County Regional Airport, which is now known as Appleton International Airport, opened. Air Wisconsin flew out of the airport until 2006, when its contract with United Airlines ended. The airline resumed flying from Appleton last year.
Air Wisconsin operates as a regional airline, performing flying services for United Airlines as United Express throughout the Midwest and East Coast. The company has seen a rapid increase in the number of flights operated as part of United Express through Appleton International Airport, which was named the 4th fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Bloomberg.
The new maintenance facility will serve to handle the growing demand for their regional jet fleet, Deistler said.
“The significant increase in our United Express flights serving Appleton and the Fox Cities is indicative of the growth in the local economy, and the need to support that growth by providing increased access to convenient air transportation within the U.S. and worldwide on United Airlines for both business and leisure travelers,” she said.