Dane County Regional Airport is also known as Truax Field. It is a civil-military airport located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) northeast of Downtown Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.
MSN Airport is owned and operated by Dane County. It covers an area of 3,500 acres (1,416 ha).
Airport Stats & Facts
- For 2021–2025, in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, Dane County Airport is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.
- MSN is the second busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.
Airport Traveling Tips
- The airport terminal is open based on departing and arriving flight schedules, and is always open at least 120 minutes prior to the first departing flight each day.
- Passengers are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before the scheduled flight departure.
- Please take a look at the MSN Airport Map before visiting the airport for a flight.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- Passengers can be dropped-off and picked up at the terminal curbs.
- However, Federal regulations do not allow vehicles to wait for long periods at the terminal curbs, so drivers/guests can wait for arrivals in the free Cell Phone Lot, located just moments from the airport terminal on the entrance drive.
- For arriving flights: Arriving flight status provides Dane County Airport arrival times, gate information, time to land, and delays.
- For departing flights: Departing flights status shows actual vs scheduled departure, map tracking, departure times, flight delays, and gate information.
- To get the best fares book a flight at MSN Airport here.
Dane County Regional Airport has a main terminal with 13 gates on one concourse.
For more information, please refer to the MSN Terminal map here.
The various airlines served at Dane County Regional Airport include American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and more.
View the full list of airlines served at MSN here.
The hourly Parking lot is one of the most convenient parking options at MSN Airport.
$2 per hour up to 6 hours
$14 for 6 hours to 24 hours
$16 over 24 hours
Another comfortable option to park at Dane County Airport is the Surface Lot. It has 681 parking spaces.
$8 per day
For ground transportation, passengers have a variety of options to choose from, after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, car rentals, airport shuttles, etc. Many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and Taxis.
The rental car agencies maintain an office in the baggage claim area of the Dane County Regional Airport. Avis, Alamo, Hertz, are some of the well-known providers for rental cars.
Taxis at MSN Airport can be found at the North end of baggage claim at Door #7.
Buses & Trains
Madison Metro Bus is located outside Door number 6, bus stop sign on roadway median. Route 20 runs between the North Transfer Point and East Towne Mall via the Airport every thirty minutes during weekdays, and hourly weeknights, weekends and holidays.
Amenities & Services
To help you have an amazing stay, Dane County Regional Airport provides visitors with different amenities and services including:
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Address: 4000 International Lane, Madison, WI 53704, USA
Phone: (608) 246 3380 /fax 3385
Dane County Airport: A Brief History Timeline
- 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 the construction of four runways and an airplane hangar.
- The airport was renamed Truax Field and activated as a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in June 1942 during World War II.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 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.