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Willard Airport saw growth in passenger traffic in 2017

Our regional airport experienced 12 percent passenger growth in 2017, mostly due to more American Airlines flights being offered and an added United service.

Willard Airport sees 12 percent passenger growth in 2017


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — For the first time in ten years, the University of Illinois hosted over 100,000 departing passengers through Willard Airport leading to more than  200,000 total passengers traveling to and from the Champaign-Urbana region through the airport. The increase in passenger traffic is accredited to American Airlines increasing the number of flights in and out of the airport as well as United Airlines which began service between Champaign-Urbana (CMI) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on June 8, 2017.

“With the increase in American Airlines flights and the new service from United Airlines, Willard Airport saw almost 50,000 additional seats available for all departing and arriving passengers in 2017. This growth in service is a boon for everyone in our community,” said Gene Cossey, Executive Director of Willard Airport.

Including all airline operations and charter operations, Willard Airport enplaned 104,596 passengers in 2017 which is highest number of enplaned passengers since 2007.

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