Dane County Regional Airport

Dane County Regional Airport
Dane County Regional Airport
Truax Field
Dane County Airport Logo.png
USGS image as of 16 May 2000
MSN is located in Wisconsin
Location of the Airport in Wisconsin
Airport type Public
Owner Dane County
Serves Madison, Wisconsin
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL 887 ft / 270 m
Coordinates 43°08′23″N 089°20′15″W / 43.13972°N 89.3375°W / 43.13972; -89.3375
Website www.MSNairport.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 9,006 2,745 Concrete
3/21 7,200 2,195 Concrete
14/32 5,846 1,782 Concrete
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 115,613
Based aircraft 257
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]
For the United States Air Force use of this facility, see Truax Field Air National Guard Base

Dane County Regional Airport (IATA: MSNICAO: KMSNFAA LID: MSN), formerly known as Truax Field, is a joint civil-military commercial airport located five nautical miles (9 km) northeast of the central business district of Madison, a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States.[2] It has three runways and in 2010 it served over 1.5 million passengers. MSN serves American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines, with Delta Air Lines being the largest carrier with the most direct flights. These airlines offer non-stop service to thirteen (13) major hubs throughout the country - with over 100 departures and arrivals daily, and to additional destinations such as Washington DC and New York City.

Truax Field was named in honor of Wisconsin-native Lieutenant Thomas L. Truax, killed, along with his wingman, Lt. Speckman, in a P-40 training accident during poor weather in San Anselmo, CA on November 2, 1941, just before war was declared.

The airport is home to both the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Wisconsin Air National Guard.



Originally known as Madison Army Airfield, Truax Field was activated as an Army Air Forces airfield in June 1942 during World War II. During the war it was used by the Army Air Force Eastern Technical Training Center, a major school operating at Truax AAF for training radio operators and mechanics, and later expanded to training in radar operations, control tower operations and other communications fields for the Army Airways Communication Service. A special unit established in 1943 trained radio operators and mechanics on B-29 Superfortress communications equipment. The host unit on the airfield was the 334th (later 3508th) Army Air Force Base Unit. On September 17, 1945, the airfield's mission was changed to that of a separation center, and it was closed as an active AAF airfield on November 30, 1945.

Conveyed to local civilian authorities, the Madison Municipal Airport also became the home of the Wisconsin Air National Guard and its present day 115th Fighter Wing (115 FW), an Air National Guard fighter wing operationally-gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC) and which still operates from the base, flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

In 2006 the airport completed a $65 million expansion that doubled the size of the terminal, built in a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced prairie style. New features include more restaurant and retail area post-security, an art court, and both business and family lounges. As has been the case in the past decade the airport has once again been adding additional parking since 2007.

Facilities and aircraft

Dane County Regional Airport covers an area of 4,000 acres at an elevation of 887 feet (270 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces: 3/21 is 7,200 by 150 feet (2,195 x 46 m); 14/32 is 5,846 by 150 feet (1,782 x 46 m); 18/36 is 9,006 by 150 feet (2,745 x 46 m).[2]

The fixed base operator (FBO) is Wisconsin Aviation,[3] which purchased the assets of the former FBO, Four Lakes Aviation, in 1994.

More recent data shows the following operations annually for the last five years[4]:

2005: 117,522

2006: 115,960

2007: 121,984

2008: 110,589

2009: 96,765

2010: 96,205

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
American Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Chicago-O'Hare
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth
Continental Connection operated by CommutAir Cleveland
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Cleveland, Newark
Delta Air Lines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta, Detroit
Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
Delta Connection operated by Comair Detroit, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-National
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Frontier Airlines Denver, Washington-National [begins January 5]
Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines Seasonal: Orlando [begins December 16]
United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver
United Express operated by GoJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver
United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Chicago-O'Hare
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver


Busiest Domestic Routes from Madison (August 2010 - July 2011) [5]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Illinois Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 177,000 American, United
2 Michigan Detroit, Michigan 145,000 Delta
3 Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 138,000 Delta
4 Colorado Denver, Colorado 84,000 Frontier, United
5 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin 47,000 Frontier
6 Texas Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 39,000 American
7 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee 21,000 Delta
8 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio 20,000 Continental
9 New York New York (LaGuardia), New York 15,000 Delta
10 Washington, D.C. Washington (National), D.C. 15,000 Delta


  1. ^ Dane County Regional Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MSN (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-08-27
  3. ^ Wisconsin Aviation, the airport's fixed base operator (FBO)
  4. ^ Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS). (2010). ATADS: Airport operations: Standard report. Retrieved from http://aspm.faa.gov/opsnet/sys/opsnet-server-x.asp
  5. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=MSN&Airport_Name=Madison,%20WI:%20Truax%20Field&carrier=FACTS

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