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Illinois International Airports . Illinois International Airports

Major Airports Code  
Chicago O'hare International. Airport ORD  
Chicago Midway International Airport MDW

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Bolingbroo Chicago Rockford International Airport RFD
Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport LID
Lawrenceville–Vincennes International Airport LVW
Moline - Quad City International. Airport MLI
Regional Airports  
Belleville - Mid America Airport BLV
Bloomington - Central Illinois Regional Airport BMI
Chicago Meigs Field CGX
Decatur Airport DEC
Greater Kankakee Airport IKK  
Greater Rockford Airport RFD  
Peoria Regional Airport PIA  
Springfield Capital Airport SPI  
Airport Delays    

Getting to Know Illinois's Airports

There are 119 airports in Illinois for public use. Illinois airports are the gateway to a multicultural Greater America. Illinois Airports use the latest technology. The Illinois airport systems are the second largest in the US.

Illinois attracts people from around the world with its booming economy and multicultural metropolis. The airports in Illinois are among the top airports in the US. Some of Illinois' international airports include Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, Quad City International Airport, Clow International Airport, Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport and Chicago / Rockford International Airport. International Airport Designation

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  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport

    Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat on display in O'Hare's Terminal 2, restored in the markings of "Butch" O'Hare's plane
    O'Hare International Airport(ORD), most often referred to as O'Hare Airport, Chicago O'Hare, or just O'Hare, is an international airport located on the far Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois, 14 miles (23 km) northwest of the Loop business district, operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation with 7,627 acres. O'Hare has direct flights to 217 destinations in North America, South America,  Africa, Asia and Europe.

    Established to be the successor to Chicago’s ”busiest square mile in the world” Midway Airport, O’Hare began as an airfield serving a Douglas manufacturing plant for C-54 military transports during World War II. It was named for Edward "Butch" O'Hare, the U.S. Navy's first Medal of Honor recipient during that war. Later, at the height of the Cold War, O'Hare served as an active fighter base for the Air Force.

    The airport operates nearly 40 airlines. In 2005 he was classified as the busiest airport in the world. Prominent airlines include United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, American Airlines, Air France and Air Canada. The airport has many convenience stores, snack bars, restaurants and a full-service business center for the time-conscious business people.

    O'hare is organized into two parallel east-west runways (9L/27R, 7,500 ft x 150 ft. and 9R/27L, 7,967 ft x 150 ft..) on the north side of the airfield (and forthcoming 9C/27C scheduled for completion in 2020), and three parallel east-west runways (10L/28R, 10C/28C, and 10R/28L) on the south side of the airfield.

    There are four numbered passenger terminals with nine lettered concourses and a total of 191 gates. With the exception of flights from destinations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance, all inbound international flights arrive at Terminal 5, as the other terminals do not have customs screening facilities. Several carriers, such as American, Iberia, Lufthansa, and United, have outbound international flights departing from Terminals 1 and 3.

    Major airlines serving this airport are: Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Choice One, Air France Air India, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca El Salvador, Bahamasair, British Airways, Cape Air, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, Japan Airlines, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Qatar Airways. Royal Jordanian, Scandinavian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, Vacation Express, Volaris,and WOW air  - List of US Airlines

    Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal

    Central Illinois Regional Airport Terminal
    Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal(BMI) is a public airport in McLean County, Illinois, located three miles east of Bloomington and southeast of Normal. It is owned by the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority, it is also called the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA).

    The airport is 1,968 acres with an elevation of 871 feet. It has two runways: 2/20 is 8,000 by 150 feet concrete; 11/29 is 6,525 by 150 feet asphalt/concrete.

    The airport began in the spring of 1927 when a farmer named Herman Will opened a 70-plus-acre tract in rural Normal Township. Bordering the field to the west was the recently paved Illinois Highway 2 (today U.S. 51/Main Street), and to the east was the Illinois Central Railroad (today, the Constitution Trail). Along the IC, at the northeast corner of the airport grounds, was Kerrick, a busy grain elevator station that remains a local landmark today. The Bloomington Flying Club helped rally the general public and local leaders behind the economic promise of "heavier-than-air" flight. The club owned a "Jenny"-type open-cockpit biplane, and the non-profit organization evidently helped pay for both the construction of a hangar and day-to-day operations of the field. Will offered to rent the field to the city of Bloomington for $1,000 a year, but there was little interest for a municipally owned or operated airport. In 1928 the Normal field contained a six-plane hangar, filling pump, wind cone, a circle of crushed stone 100-feet in diameter (the purpose of which was to identify the field from the air) and 75 acres of "somewhat level ground."

    Major airlines serving this airport are: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and Frontier Airlines

    Chicago Midway International Airport

    Chicago Midway International Airport
    Chicago Midway International Airport(MDW) is a major commercial airport on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, situated eight miles  from the Loop. Constructed in 1927, Midway served as Chicago's main airport until the opening of O'Hare International Airport in 1955. Today, Midway is the second-largest airport in Chicago metropolitan area and the state of Illinois, handling 22,221,499 passengers in 2015. Air Traffic is presently dominated by low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines; Chicago is Southwest's largest focus city.

    Originally called Chicago Municipal Airport, it was renamed to honor the Battle of Midway. The airfield is located in a square mile bounded by 55th and 63rd Streets, and Central and Cicero Avenues. The current terminal complex was finished in 2001. The terminal bridges Cicero Avenue and features 43 gates with facilities for international passengers. Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the CTA Orange Line provide freeway and rapid transit access to The Loop.

    The airport covers just over one square mile (650 acres and features five runways: 13C/31C: 6,522 ft × 150 ft, air carrier runway, ILS-equipped. 4R/22L: 6,445 ft × 150 ft, air carrier runway, ILS-equipped. 4L/22R: 5,507 ft × 150 ft, general aviation and air taxi. 13L/31R: 5,141 ft × 150 ft, general aviation and air taxi. Used as an Emergency Runway for commercial aircraft. 13R/31L: 3,859 ft × 60 ft, light aircraft only. Used as an Emergency Runway for commercial aircraft.

    Midway has 43 aircraft gates on three concourses (A, B, and C).[10] Southwest is the largest operator at the airport, controlling 32 gates, flying to 62 cities, with 242 daily

    Major airlines serving this airport are: Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle and Volaris  - List of US Airlines

    Chicago/Rockford International Airport

    Chicago/Rockford International Airport
    Bolingbroo Chicago Rockford International Airport(RFD), is an international airport situated in Winnebago County, Illinois. It is four miles south of the city center of Rockford and 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Completed in 1946, Chicago-Rockford International Airport is the third-busiest airport in Northern Illinois, behind Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway. In 2016, the airport served nearly 102,000 passengers.

    The airport is 2,900 acres and has two runways, both with an ILS: 1/19 is 8,199 x 150 ft. while 7/25 is 10,004 x 150 ft.. In 2017 the airport had 39,462 aircraft operations, average 108 per day: 61% general aviation, 31% scheduled commercial, 4% military, and 3% air taxi.

    Major airlines serving this airport are: Allegiant Air and Apple Vacations

    Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport

    Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport Formation Flyby - Buzz the Tower, courtesy of Jonathan Espinili
    Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport(1C5) is a public airport in Bolingbrook, a village in Will County, Illinois, situated 29 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop, it is a small general aviation facility catering to private pilots, students, and commuter aircraft.

    The airport was a grass airstrip at first, built by Oliver Boyd Clow in the 1950s. By 1989 it was named the best privately owned, public-use airport in Illinois. The airport was acquired by the Village of Bolingbrook in 2004. The village has plans to expand the airport, which will include things like widening the runway, adding runway, taxiway, and landing glidepath lighting.

    The airport consists of 205 acres and fetures one runway designated 18/36 with a 3,362 x 50 ft asphalt pavement.

    On the first weekend of June of every year, they host our Cavalcade of Planes, attracting over 10,000 aviation enthusiasts who are treated to displays of historic aircraft, museum exhibits, food and entertainment, flyovers, rides in experimental aircraft, and a lot of great fun.  Click to see the Illinois Aviation Museum

    Gary/Chicago International Airport

    Gary/Chicago International Airport
    Gary/Chicago International Airport(GYY) is a joint civil-military public airport in Gary, in Lake County, Indiana. It is located three miles northwest of the city center of Gary, and 25 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop. It is operated by the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority, the basis for which was formed by the Chicago Gary Airport Compact signed in 1995. Nearby highway connections include I-90, I-80, I-94, I-65 and the Chicago Skyway.

    The airport consists of 763 acres at an elevation of 597 feet above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 12/30 is 8,859 by 150 feet and 2/20 is 3,604 by 100 feet.

    In December of 2011 Allegiant Air announced they would offer service to Orlando Sanford International Airport two days a week beginning in February of 2012. Allegiant had considered Gary/Chicago International Airport before, but aircraft operational limits resulted in the airline deciding against Gary until the runway expansion was completed.

    In May of 2013 Allegiant Air stated it was cancelling air service out of Gary in August. The last flights were in July with an early August end date. Allegiant however reported they were interested in looking at any other plans or ideas to have service out of Gary in the future. After Allegiant stopped flights in 2013, there has been no major commercial airline service in or out of the Gary Airport.

    At present there is no major commercial airline service out of Gary/Chicago International Airport.

    Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport

    Lawrenceville–Vincennes International Airport(LWV) is a public use airport in Lawrence County, Illinois, owned by the Bi-State Authority, it is situated three nautical miles northeast of the city of Lawrenceville, Illinois and also serves the city of Vincennes in Knox County, Indiana.

    The airport contains 3,067 acres at an elevation of 430 feet above mean sea level. It features two asphalt paved runways: 18/36 is 5,199 by 100 feet and 9/27 iwhich s 5,198 by 100 feet. In addition, the airport has one unpaved turf runway designated 4U/22U which measures 1,000 by 200 feet 

    The 3,000 acre Mid-American Air Center is the 3rd largest airport in the state of Illinois. There are two 5,200 foot, hard surfaced runways. It also includes a 160 acre industrial park, the 43 acre Foreign Trade Zone #146 and a terminal building with office space to accommodate the administration personnel and tenants. There are seven hangars owned by the Bi-State Authority which are leased to several firms involved in aircraft repair and charter service.

    Quad City International Airport

    Quad City International Airport(MLI) is a public airport in Rock Island County, Illinois, situated three miles south of Moline. It is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County. It is partly in Blackhawk Township and partly in Coal Valley Township. It was named "Illinois Primary Airport of the Year" in 2012.

    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 U.S. customs port of entry. A Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Office are located at the airport, enabling international inbound and outbound shipments. There are no commercial passenger flights to or from any international locations, but some private aircraft (e.g., those owned by Deere & Company) do make non-stop, international flights.

    The airport covers 2,021 acres and features three runways: Runway 9/27: 10,002 ft × 150 ft Concrete, ILS equipped. Runway 13/31: 7,301 ft × 150 ft Asphalt/Concrete Runway 5/23: 5,016 ft × 150 ft  Concrete The Quad City International Airfield can accommodate any type of aircraft in virtually any type of weather conditions due to the long runways, ILS, and high-intensity lighting. Airport officials claim that the airport is even possibly capable of handling the Airbus A380.

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    Major airlines serving this airport are: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express  - List of US Airlines

    General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport

    Peoria Illinois International Airport, 2017 by Kelly Trimble from 7500 ft msl

    General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) is a civil/military public airport situated five miles west of Peoria, in Peoria County, Illinois. The airport is on the northwest edge of Bartonville, near Bellevue. It is owned by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria, which often refers to it as Peoria International Airport. It was formerly called the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

    The airport consists of 3,800 acres at an elevation of 661 feet above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 10,104 by 150 feet concrete; 4/22 is 8,004 by 150 feet  concrete.

    Major airlines serving this airport are: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express

    Amenities at the Airport include wireless internet, a business lounge, ATMs, two meeting rooms, shuttle buses, restaurants and souvenir shops.

    You can book your flight tickets online at the websites of the above airlines and receive bonus points for flying with some of them.

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    Rockford, Freeport, Sterling, Aurora, Chicago, Joliet, Kankakee, La Salle, Moline, Peoria, Bloomington, Macomb, Quincy, Jacksonville, Springfield, Decatur, Alton, Lawrenceville, Olney, Carbondale, Harrisburg.

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