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After Busiest Year In Its History, Airport Plans for Terminal Modernization

February 07, 2018
Brent S. Kyzer-McHenry 608-661-644

$25 Million allocated for first phase of project to begin in 2018

Madison, WI – Following the busiest year in history with more than 1.8 million passengers, Dane County Regional Airport (DCRA) announced the kick off of a multi-year project to update and expand the airport’s terminal and infrastructure. In his 2018 budget Dane County Executive Parisi allocated $25 million for this project.

DCRA is experiencing tremendous growth, with the addition of non-stop flights to Las Vegas in 2017, and the upcoming non-stop flights to Philadelphia and San Francisco. Phase I of this multi-year project will include the selection of consultants to complete the design, engineering, architecture, and timeline development, with a majority of construction, renovations, and retrofits beginning in 2019. This first phase of the project will also include replacement of aircraft boarding bridges which will be begin in 2018. 

“The Dane County Regional Airport is part of the economic engine of this region,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.  “We have world-class businesses here, and we are proud that we have a world-class hub for both business and leisure travelers. Growth and expansion of the airport is key to the quality of life and growing jobs right here in Dane County,” Parisi concluded.

Focus areas for this modernization will include: gate seating areas, restrooms, security, safety and access systems, and eco-responsible HVAC systems for bridges, seating and common areas, and additional jet boarding bridges.

“As the Dane County Regional Airport continues to add flights to desired destinations and serve more travelers, updates and expansions are necessary for both the quality of the travel experience, as well as security and efficiency,”  said Airport Director Bradley Livingston, AAE.  “This airport is at the forefront of design and amenities, and we are committed to continuing to ensure that the Dane County Regional Airport remains the preferred choice for all travelers.”

The Dane County Regional Airport provides seamless, low-stress, and affordable options for both leisure and business travelers with more than 95 daily arrivals and departures.  Nonstop service to 15 cities provides access to nearly every worldwide destination. Visit for more information.

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