Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport

Roads, Airports Busy As Holiday Weekend Begins

Nov 22, 2017
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AAA is estimating nearly 51 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year making it the busiest holiday travel weekend in over a decade.

Airports are going to be busy as well, including the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport says Director Joe Brauer. He says the two flights are full in both directions to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rhinelander.

Brauer says if you are flying, be even more prepared....

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport

Air service at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will continue for the next two years with the current connector airline.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines has been renewed....

"....the Department of Transportation reselected SkyWest Airlines to continue in our market under the Essential Air Service program until the end of 2017..."


The number of passengers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is showing a sharp increase from one year ago.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says people are coming back after a low point during the Great Recession....

"....our passenger enplanements are up for the year. Our first six months was up 20 percent over the previous year. Kind of attribute that to stabilizing service here with Delta Airlines into its second year of service at our airport....."


A study conducted at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport found that levels of contaminants in the air did not exceed safe levels.

A complaint about air quality was presented to the Oneida county board several weeks ago by Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster. The Extension offices are housed in the basement of the airport. An employee at the airport filed a complaint with the state about diesel fumes from planes near the terminal. A study was ordered and a demand was given to take corrective action.


The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.

That assessment about passengerĀ boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...

"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."

Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...