March 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOLINE, ILLINOIS Passenger air service between the Quad City International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport will be discontinued beginning June 9, 2016. The decision to end service was due to low load factors which made the route financially unsustainable beyond the subsidized start-up phase.
Funding for service between the Quad Cities and Washington Dulles was made possible by grants from the Federal Government and the State of Illinois. In addition, financial support was provided by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Quad City International Airport. “I want to thank our elected leadership at all levels of government along with our region’s public and private sector leadership who had the vision and initiative to pursue this goal for many years. It is that kind of bold leadership which is not afraid to take risks on behalf of our region that will continue to move us forward on a path to growth and prosperity,” said Tara Barney, President & CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
"We will work with community leaders on how to most effectively continue to grow air service for the Quad Cities,” said Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation. The Metropolitan Airport Authority continues to work closely with United Airlines to expand existing service between the Quad City International Airport to both Chicago O’Hare and Denver International Airports.”
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