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Air travel in Wisconsin returning to pre-pandemic levels


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.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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