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Air travel in Wisconsin returning to pre-pandemic levels

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Wisconsin airports are returning to pre-pandemic traffic levels as the busy holiday season gets underway, that includes the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Dane County Regional Airport has seen traffic increase every month this year since the COVID-19 vaccine became widely available.

At Milwaukee County’s Mitchell International Airport the number of flights during Thanksgiving week is expect to be up 50% compared to last year, but down about 7% compared to the same week in 2019.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport director Marty Piette says the size of the airport means even on a busy day, travelers are unlikely to wait long at TSA checkpoints.

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director Matthew Leitner told WXPR it’s also seeing pre-pandemic levels of flight traffic that’s nearly on track with 2019.

And like Green Bay, the smaller airport means there aren’t long waits to get through security.

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