Quad City International Airport
|Quad City International Airport|
|IATA: MLI – ICAO: KMLI – FAA LID: MLI
|Owner||Rock Island County|
|Operator||Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County|
|Elevation AMSL||590 ft / 180 m|
Quad City International Airport (IATA: MLI, ICAO: KMLI, FAA LID: MLI) is a public airport in Rock Island County, Illinois, three miles (5 km) south of Moline. It is owned by the Metropolitan Airport Authority. It is partly in Blackhawk Township and partly in Coal Valley Township. In 2012 it was named "Illinois Primary Airport of the Year".
Quad City is the third-busiest commercial airport in Illinois – Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports lead the state. The international designation is for being an official port of entry and having a customs service. A Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Office are located at the airport, enabling international inbound and outbound shipments. While there are no scheduled commercial flights to international destinations, local corporate jets (especially those owned by Deere & Company) do make periodic non-stop trips to destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Franing Field, the site of the present Quad City International Airport, was picked as an ideal flying field, with 120 acres (49 ha) of level, grassy land free of obstacles. The airport made headlines right at the start, chosen as a control point for the first coast-to-coast flight in the fall of 1919. On August 18, 1927 an estimated 10,000 people came to welcome Charles Lindbergh in Moline and his famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis on the Gugenheim tour, a cross-country commercial aviation promotion tour. In 1929 Phoebe Omlie set an altitude record above the airport in a Velie Monocoupe, the only plane ever manufactured in Moline, which still hangs in the passenger terminal. In 1947 the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County was formed after seven townships voted to establish it. In 1957 the first count of enplaning and deplaning passengers was made with a total of 59,701 recorded. The airport underwent major remodeling in 1961 and 1968, adding everything from baggage claim to a restaurant and boarding areas. The present airport terminal was completed in 1985, after studies showed that an addition to the 1954 structure would be more costly than an entirely new terminal. The shift to the new $11 million terminal allowed expansion of airline facilities; between 1979 and 1986, the number of airlines increased from two to seven.
Air Midwest, AirTran Airways, America West Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Chicago Air, Midway Connection, Northwest Airlines, Ozark Air Lines, Pan American World Airways, Skyway Airlines, Trans World Airlines and United Airlines have flown to Quad Cities. At one time Mississippi Valley Airlines had its headquarters at the airport. In the early and mid-1990s turboprop equipment was common; Northwest Airlink and other airlines had Saab 340Bs. Carriers have replaced their turboprops with newer regional jets. Allegiant Air MD 80s fly to Orlando, Las Vegas, Clearwater, and Phoenix-Mesa. Beginning in June 2013 Delta Air Lines began flying the Airbus A319 to Atlanta, the first time Delta itself has flown to Quad City.
In 2001 the terminal underwent a major renovation and expansion: two new concourses, a larger baggage claim area, new restaurants and gift shops. The project doubled the size of the passenger terminal. The Philadelphia architectural firm DPK&A designed the new concourses.
The airport set its passenger record in 2007 when 484,212 passengers boarded flights while 481,930 deplaned. The total beat the record of 911,522 set the previous year. In 2008 passenger numbers declined: 957,087 passengers enplaned or deplaned. Passenger count dropped to 792,549 in 2012.
Facilities and aircraft
Quad City International Airport covers 2,600 acres (1,052 ha) and has three runways:
- Runway 9/27: 10,002 x 150 ft (3,049 x 46 m) Concrete, ILS equipped.
- Runway 13/31: 7,301 x 150 ft (2,134 x 46 m) Asphalt/Concrete
- Runway 5/23: 5,015 x 150 ft (1,529 x 46 m) Asphalt
The airfield at the Quad City International Airport can accommodate any type of aircraft in virtually any type of weather conditions with the long runways, ILS, and high-intensity lighting. Airport officials claim that the airport is possibly capable of handling the new Airbus A380. The airfield has gone through many changes over the past few years as well, including extending Taxiway Hotel. Also, Runway 5/23 has been expanded to a usable 5,015 feet (1,529 m).
Runway 9/27, the longest runway, was rebuilt in 2011. The program included a temporary 6,500-foot (2,000 m) parallel runway (10/28) built during the project. The new runway 9/27 has new pavement, new shoulder construction, taxiway additions, and a new glide-slope capture effect kit for runway 9. The cost will total $34 million and is expected to be complete by late 2012 when the temporary runway is converted to a taxiway.
In 2010 the airport had 49,170 aircraft operations, an average of 135 per day: 51% general aviation, 35% air taxi, 13% scheduled commercial and 1% military. 87 aircraft were then based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 8% jet and 1% helicopter.
The airport is designated international for having a port of entry customs service. A Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Office are located at the airport, enabling international inbound and outbound shipments. There are three cargo facilities for every available ramp and the airport has expansion capabilities. A number of air freight companies are located at the airport including BAX Global, DHL, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
The terminal features the full-service Air Host Restaurant. There is also a full-service bar, Paradies Gift Shop, shoe shine service, and a post office. An art gallery, featuring modern and contemporary art, is located near the security check point. There is also a visitor information center in the main terminal for arriving passengers. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the airport.
Beyond the security checkpoint in Concourses A & B, there is a snack bar, lounge and a Gevalia Kaffe Coffee Shop. Located on Concourse B is a CNBC News and Gift Shop, along with a chair massage stand. Destination Points, a frequent flyer lounge, is available for members only. There are also several work stations that passengers may utilize.
An "in-airport" hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, opened in 2006 on airport property across the parking lot from the terminal. In 2013, ground-breaking was held for the airport's second on-site hotel. A four-story Holiday Inn Express will open just south of the long-term parking lot in 2014. A new consolidated rental car facility was constructed during the summer of 2007. In an effort to decrease the number of people circling the airport proper waiting to pick up arriving passengers a cell phone waiting area was created in 2008 adjacent to the airport's entrance road.
The airport boasts the regional headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, whose offices are located on the second floor of the passenger terminal.
Airlines and destinations
All passengers enter the airport at the main terminal and then proceed to either Concourse A (gates A1-A6) or Concourse B (gates B5, B7, B8, B8A, B9 - B11, B15, B17).
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (FL)||B|
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth||A|
|AmericanConnection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta||A/B|
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul||A/B|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver||B|
|United Express operated by GoJet Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||B|
|United Express operated by Trans States Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||B|
|1||Chicago-O’Hare, IL||114,000||American, United|
|4||Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||36,000||American|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||16,000||Allegiant|
|9||St. Petersburg, FL||15,000||Allegiant|
- FAA Airport Master Record for MLI ( PDF), effective 2013-01-10
- Jennifer DeWitt (2012-05-24). "Quad-City Airport named state’s airport of the year". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- By enplanements the FAA ranks Chicago O'Hare as the #2 airport in the United States, Chicago-Midway is #26, Quad City International is #130, General Downing - Peoria International is #154, and Central Illinois Airport is #164."Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) - Preliminary". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- Sarah Hayes (1999). "A Q-C Century - Progress 99: A brief history of the Quad City Airport". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 98. "Head Office: PO Box 949, Quad City Airport, Moline, Illinois 61265, USA."
- Jennifer DeWitt (2013-06-11). "Delta mainline service begins at Q-C airport". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- Jennifer DeWitt (2008-01-15). "QCIA sets passenger record for 2007". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13.
- Jennifer DeWitt (2008-01-21). "Q-C airport misses annual passenger record by 1 percent". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13.
- Jennifer DeWitt (2013-01-15). "Airport passenger numbers fall short of 2012 goal". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- "Features". Quad City Airport. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- Kay Luna (2006-11-29). "New airport hotel opens in Moline". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- Jennifer DeWitt (2008-11-24). "Q-C airport rings in new service with cell phone lot". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "Moline, IL: Quad City International (MLI)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Quad City International Airport.|
- Quad City International Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MLI, effective March 6, 2014
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