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Airport of the Year awards announced by IDOT
November 11, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Reflecting the importance and vitality of the state’s aviation system, 12 airports have received Airport of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The awards were presented today during the Illinois Public Airports Association Fall Conference in Galena. 

 

“Aviation is one of the key components that goes into making Illinois the transportation hub of North America,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Our aviation partners take great pride in the work they do supporting transportation, jobs and quality of life in their communities. These awards highlight their efforts as well as those of the entire Illinois aviation community.” 

 

The facilities were selected because of their accomplishments, including an outstanding partnership with IDOT and a strong commitment to customer safety and satisfaction. Among the award considerations are cooperation and coordination with the state, safety record, maintenance of the facility, and promotion of aviation and educational events. Due to the pandemic canceling last year’s conference, awards were based on the achievements of the last two years. 

 

 

 The 2020 recipients are: 

 

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

St. Louis Downtown Airport

Pekin Municipal Airport

Joliet Regional Airport

Gen-Air Park Airport

Pinckneyville Community Hospital

Primary Airport of the Year

Reliever Airport of the Year

General Aviation Airport of the Year

General Aviation Airport of the Year

Privately-owned Airport of the Year

Heliport of the Year 

 

 

 

 

 The 2021 recipients are: 

 

Decatur Airport 

Waukegan National Airport 

Southern Illinois Airport 

Kewanee Municipal Airport 

Frasca Field 

University of Chicago Hospitals 

Primary Airport of the Year

Reliever Airport of the Year

General Aviation Airport of the Year

General Aviation Airport of the Year

Privately-owned Airport of the Year

Heliport of the Year

 

 

Illinois is home to almost 100 public-use airports and heliports, with nearly 3,000 aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The system of airports supports more than 492,000 jobs, with a combined payroll of $21.9 billion and a total economic impact of $95.4 billion. Across the state, there are more than 700 aviation facilities, including heliport and grass landing strips as well as balloon, glider and ultra-light landing facilities. 

 

As part of Rebuild Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan and multimodal capital program, IDOT is making critical investments in aviation infrastructure, with $150 million identified for the state’s airports. This fall, IDOT will be announcing the recipients of $94 million via Rebuild Illinois to be distributed for airport projects through a competitive grant process. 

 

To learn more about aviation in Illinois and the Illinois Aviation System Plan, visit www.ilaviation.com.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: 

Paul Wappel 217.685.0082 

Maria Castaneda 312.447.1919 

 

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