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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Appleton's Surprisingly Good Airport

Many visitors to Appleton and the Fox Cities are surprised by the Outagamie County Airport (ATW), an unexpectedly large airport serviced by United Express, Midwest Express, Delta Connection, and Northwest Airlines. There are direct flights to Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Cincinnati, and other locations. There are eight gates with plenty of power outlets for business travelers, and a cafe, a restaurant/bar, a cheese shop and some kiosks and vending for food. There are also several rental car agencies here with the rental just a short walk from the baggage claim area.

Appleton is also a leader among traveler-friendly airports in that it provides FREE WIRELESS! No more paying through the nose for a few minutes of online access - it's all free at ATW. Sweet!

One tip for locals who need to park here: I suggest just going straight to the short-term parking lot. It's a little more expensive than long-term parking, but the long-term lot is often rather full, requiring drivers to wander aimlessly up and down aisles before finding open spots. But if you do want to save a little money, open long-term stalls are often found on the far northeast side of the lot, right next to the main entrance of the lot. They tend to be missed since they depart at an angle to the main lanes up and down the lot.

Happy traveling!