Dane County Regional Airport
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Dane County Regional Airport

Dane County Regional Airport

Truax Field
Dane County Regional Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorDane County
ServesMadison, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL887 ft / 270 m
Coordinates43°08?23?N 089°20?15?W / 43.13972°N 89.33750°W / 43.13972; -89.33750
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
MSN is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin, United States
MSN is located in the United States
MSN (the United States)
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
Passenger volume 2,252,000
Departing passengers 1,126,000
Scheduled flights17,251
Cargo (lb.)58 mil
Aircraft operations (2019)83,066
Based aircraft (2020)157
Sources: airport website,[1]FAA,[2]BTS[3]

Dane County Regional Airport (DCRA) (IATA: MSN, ICAO: KMSN, FAA LID: MSN), also known as Truax Field, is a civil-military airport located 6 miles (9.6 km) northeast of Downtown Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.[2] In the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019-2023, it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.[4] It is the second busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served after Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.[3]


In 1927, the City of Madison purchased 290 acres of land for $35,380. Previously a cabbage patch for a nearby sauerkraut factory, the newly acquired land would later become the present day home of the Dane County Regional Airport. In January 1936, the city council voted to accept a Works Progress Administration grant for construction of four runways and an airplane hangar. Additional grants financed the terminal and administrative building as well as electric floodlights. The development price tag was $1 million - 10% paid by the city and the remainder by the federal government (MSN Airport, 2012). In September 1938, Barnstormer Howard Morey of Chicago, Edgar Quinn, and J.J. McMannamy organized the Madison Airways Corporation.

The airport during construction, June 1937

The airport was renamed Truax Field and activated as a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in June 1942 during World War II. During the war, it was used by the Army Air Corps 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 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 Corps 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 civil authorities, the Madison Municipal Airport became the home to the 1st Battalion 147th Aviation Regiment. The 1-147th operates the UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The airport is also home to 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). Today, the Air National Guard's F-16 Fighting Falcon still operates at the base. The 115th Fighter Wing is one of the 14 operational air defense units responsible for air defense of the eastern continental United States.

On December 15, 1966, a 31,000 square foot terminal building opened on the west side of the airfield at a cost of $2.36 million. The first scheduled jets were Northwest Orient 727s in 1965. In 1986, the airport tripled in size with a $12 million project that expanded the terminal from 32,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet, adding a second level concourse with six boarding bridges.[5]

In 2006, the airport completed a $68 million expansion that doubled the size of the terminal, built in a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced prairie style designed by the Architectural Alliance based in Minneapolis.[6] The new terminal accommodates 13 gates with jetways, WiFi, additional restaurant and retail vendors post-security, an art court, and both business and family lounges. The airport has also continued to expand its parking options, most recently in 2014.

On February 7, 2018, the airport announced a significant terminal modernization program, including replacement of existing jet bridges and design work beginning in 2018, and major construction including additional jet boarding bridges beginning in 2019.[7] The county is also planning to add an 8 MW solar energy site on airport-owned land.[8]



Dane County Regional Airport covers 3,500 acres (1,416 ha) with a field elevation of 887 feet (270 m) above mean sea level. It has three concrete runways: 18/36 is 9,006 by 150 feet (2,745 x 46 m); 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).[2]

The fixed-base operator (FBO) is Wisconsin Aviation,[9] which leased the assets of the former FBO, Four Lakes Aviation and Coldstream Aviation, in 1994.

In October 2020, there were 157 aircraft based at the airport: 75 single-engine, 18 multi-engine, 27 jet, 1 helicopter and 36 various military aircraft.[2]


The terminal currently has 13 gates on one concourse.[10]

The interior of the airport includes five restaurants and four shops.

Ground transportation

Taxi service and Transportation Network Company drivers (e.g. Uber and Lyft) are available outside the terminal. Rental car counters are located across from the baggage claim area. Many local hotels provide courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport.

Madison Metro serves the airport with Route 20, to the North Transfer Point or Madison Area Technical College / East Towne Mall.[11]

Both short and long-term parking are available in a large parking structure and in several adjacent lots.[12]

Airlines and destinations




Airline market share

Largest airlines at MSN (April 2019 - March 2020)[3]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Delta Air Lines 506,000 22.47%
2 SkyWest Airlines 464,000 20.6%
3 United Airlines 287,000 12.74%
4 Envoy Air 190,000 8.44%
5 PSA Airlines 153,000 6.81%
6 Other 652,000 28.96%

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MSN (April 2019 - March 2020)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 219,350 American, United
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 150,720 Delta
3 Detroit, Michigan 141,200 Delta
4 Denver, Colorado 126,690 Frontier, United
5 Atlanta, Georgia 115,700 Delta
6 Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 75,540 American
7 Charlotte, North Carolina 48,490 American
8 New York-La Guardia, New York 42,750 Delta
9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 32,800 American
10 Newark, New Jersey 29,080 Sun Country, United


  1. ^ Dane County Regional Airport, official website
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for MSN PDF, effective October 8, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "RITA BTS Transtats - MSN". www.transtats.bts.gov. Bureau Of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ History Of The Dane County Regional Airport Archived May 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Dane County Regional Airport Opens to Rave Reviews". Archalliance.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "After Busiest Year In Its History, Airport Plans for Terminal Modernization". www.msnairport.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Journal, Bill Novak | Wisconsin State. "Massive solar energy site to provide power to Dane County Regional Airport". madison.com. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Wisconsin Aviation, the airport's fixed-base operator (FBO)
  10. ^ "Terminal Layout / Hours of Operation". Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Route 20 - Metro Transit - City of Madison, Wisconsin". www.cityofmadison.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Parking & Transportation". www.msnairport.com. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Frontier". Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Route Map & Flight Schedule". Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Timetable". Retrieved 2019.

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