Air Wisconsin expansion to create 80 new jobs at Appleton International Airport

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Air Wisconsin is expanding its operations at Appleton International Airport, creating dozens of jobs.

The company says the $8 million expansion will create 80 new jobs over the next six months.

The company will build a 30,000 square foot hanger and additional office space.

Construction begins in July 2018. The goal is to have the expansion finished by the end of the year.

Gov. Scott Walker, State Sen. Roger Roth and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson were on hand for the announcement.

Air Wisconsin offers regional jet service for United Airlines as United Express. The regional jets carry an estimated five million passengers per year, according to the company.

Appleton International Airport was recently ranked the fourth fastest growing airport in the United States by Bloomberg.

Appleton International Airport saw a 26 percent increase in passengers in May 2018 compared to May 2017. The 58,000 passengers that used the airport in May set a record for that month.

The airport just started United Express nonstop service to Denver.