Central Illinois Regional Airport
|Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal|
|IATA: BMI – ICAO: KBMI – FAA LID: BMI
|Owner||Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority|
|Serves||Bloomington / Normal, Illinois|
|Elevation AMSL||871 ft / 265 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (IATA: BMI, ICAO: KBMI, FAA LID: BMI) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of the city of Bloomington and southeast of the town of Normal, in McLean County, Illinois, United States. It is owned by the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. It is also known as Central Illinois Regional Airport and informally known as CIRA.
Facilities and aircraft
Central Illinois Regional Airport covers an area of 1,968 acres (796 ha) at an elevation of 871 feet (265 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 2/20 with a 8,000 x 150 ft (2,438 x 46 m) concrete surface and 11/29 with a 6,525 x 150 ft. (1,989 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete surface.
For the 12-month period ending September 7, 2007, the airport had 41,980 aircraft operations, an average of 115 per day: 70% general aviation, 23% air taxi, 6% scheduled commercial and <1% military. At that time there were 105 aircraft based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 10% multi-engine and 12% jet.
On November 5, 2001, the airport opened a new $14 million terminal building, which was three times larger than the previous terminal. The new terminal currently has four ground level boarding gates (Gates 1-4) and five second level gates (Gates 5-9). Gates 4, 5, and 8 are equipped with jetways. Gates 6, 7, and 9 are jetway capable, but are not currently equipped. The terminal hosts two baggage carousels on the ground level. In addition, a business center open to the general public, conference rooms and a VIP lounge cater to busy business travelers. Wireless Internet access is available at no charge throughout the building.
Apart from the terminal, CIRA also has a healthy general aviation presence. The Fixed Based Operator on the field, Image Air, offers standard FBO services and amenities, as well as private and advanced flight training.
Hangar rental, fueling, and aircraft maintenance facilities are also available for private plane owners.
The Prairie Aviation Museum is located on the west side of the airport. It is open for public viewing on Tuesday evening and all day on Saturday and Sunday. It exhibits more modern ex USAF and US Navy aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
|American Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|American Eagle operated by American Eagle Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Frontier Airlines||Denver, Orlando|
|Source: The Pantagraph|
- FAA Airport Master Record for BMI ( PDF), effective 2008-04-10
- "CIRA adds Allegiant Air after seeing 2011 growth" The Pantagraph. 17 January 2012
- "CIRA grew in 2011, will announce new air service" The Pantagraph. 16 January 2012
- Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, official web site
- (PDF), effective May 30, 2013
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