La Crosse Regional Airport is a public airport situated approximately five miles northwest of La Crosse. The facility is owned by the City of La Crosse and represents a non-hub primary commercial service facility. LSE is the sixth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of served passengers.
La Crosse regional airport can accommodate the most significant aircraft. One of the most massive passenger jets, The Boeing 747 Air Force One, has made overnight trips to the airport with every U.S. President for the last twenty years.
In 1998 President Bill Clinton flew to La Crosse. This was the last time a U.S. president flew on this plane because it was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
LSE's control tower was one of 143 towers that were slated for closure by the FAA due to the 2013 Federal sequester. However, the closures did not occur since Congress restored funding to the FAA.
Currently, two major airlines, Delta Air Lines, served by Delta Connection, and American Airlines served by American Eagle, have six daily arrivals and departures with direct service to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis.