GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY)- A $7 million renovation project at the Appleton International Airport is over, just as the airport is named third busiest in the state.
ThedaCare Mothers' Room at Appleton International Airport (WBAY photo)
It's been more than 13 months since a renovation project broke ground -- showing those flying in and out an entirely new look.
Appleton International Airport Director Abe Weber said, "We've expanded our ticket counters, expanded our baggage claim and our restrooms, all for future growth. We've taken our checkpoint and pushed that out for maximum square footage, brought in some natural light, created a living wall to bring job and delight to customers."
Also unveiled is a new partnership between the airport and ThedaCare, which includes several health features now on display for passengers.
One example is a private room to help mothers with babies.
"I think we sort of serve the same market, in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, and both of us are trying to make sure we create a local flair where we are able to take care of people in the community where they live and work," said ThedaCare CEO and president Dr. Imran Andrabi.
The changes come as ATW is named the third largest airport in Wisconsin, and the fourth fastest growing airport in the country by Bloomberg News.
Last year, roughly 700,000 people passed through the terminal.
That's up by 25 percent in 2017 and that growth shows no signs of slowing, according to airport officials.
"On the other end we've been very aggressive working with our airline partners to add new flight destinations, new airlines, additional frequency so we have more seats in market now than we ever have," added Weber.