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Quad Cities International Airport to receive $8.57 million for runway project

July 9, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $8.57 million to Quad Cities International Airport for construction on taxiways and runway 5/23. This project will eliminate the intersection of three runways which will increase safety and efficiency, and reduce risk for aircraft operations.

QC Airport is among a small number of airports in the U.S. with three runways intersecting at a single point. The 5,000-foot runway will be shortened by 2,000 feet and taxiways will be realigned. Runways 9/27 and 13/31, 10,000 feet and 7,000 feet respectively, will remain.

“I want to thank our elected representatives – Senators Durbin and Duckworth, and Representative Bustos – for their ongoing support for Illinois’ airports, and the Quad Cities International Airport,” said Benjamin Leischner, A.A.E., executive director. “This funding allows us to make critical improvements which in turn supports commercial air travel and keeps supply chains moving through our cargo facilities.”

Through the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, this project is funded 100% with Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

The AIP program supports airport improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security and environmental concerns. In total, the FAA awarded $845 million in airport grants which will fund projects at 388 airports in 49 states.

Construction will begin spring 2022 and will not impact passenger flights.

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