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See Tomorrow’s QC Airport

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A new era is taking off.

Over the next several years, bold renovations will create a modern travel experience that enhances efficiency all while delivering comfort and convenience. These renovations will pave the way for future growth, all while supporting the economic vibrancy of our region.

Introducing Project GATEWAY

As we continue to be the Quad Cities’ gateway to anywhere in the world, we’re reimagining and redesigning our airport to create a world-class travel experience. Known as Project GATEWAY, this comprehensive plan for major terminal renovations achieves a long-term vision while also improving little details with various short-term projects to create a huge impact for our travelers.

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Project GATEWAY milestones

January 2020

Strategic planning: Selection of architecture firm to design and implement several improvements, both cosmetic and functional. Learn more about Minneapolis-based Alliiance.

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June 2020

Enhancing communication: Selection of marketing partner to update website and airport brand.

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March 2021

Sharing the vision: Unveiled plans for $20-40+ million major terminal renovation including the landside terminal, ticketing and baggage claim.

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September 2021

Enhancing efficiency: Installed more than 4,500 solar panels to supply 50 percent of the airport’s annual energy consumption at no cost to the airport.

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December 2021

Assembling the team: Selection of Construction Manager at Risk to oversee project and focus on safety and minimal disruptions to the passenger experience. Learn more about Mortenson.

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A look into the future

We’re proud to share the vision for Project GATEWAY. These changes will create a more modern travel experience – all while delivering that “no place like home” comfort and convenience. Hometown pride is at our core, which is why many of the changes you see will reflect the Quad Cities: a community we’re so proud to call home. To stay updated with our progress, sign up to receive our e-mails.

Quad City Airport Entry Rendering with red car
Travelers will be welcomed with modern renovations including a new canopy, raised ceiling and added glass to flood the terminal with natural light. Updates include new wayfinding signage and crosswalks realigned with entrances.
Quad City Airport Terminal Rendering
New ticketing areas and security checkpoints feature a bright, airy and energetic feel. Efficiency is top-of-mind with wider walkways, new floors and added check-in kiosks. Security equipment will move out of sight to help you get on your way quicker.
Quad City Airport Rendering with plane
We want you to have the comforts of home which is why updates include family restrooms, nursing suites and plenty of comfy seating throughout the terminal.
Quad City Airport Rendering with Plane
A step inside the atrium reveals a reimagined food, beverage and retail space, new wayfinding and airport information, upgraded restrooms and comfortable lounge seating.
Quad City Airport Rendering Jetway
Near baggage claim, we’d like to add indoor/outdoor garden space for all visitors to enjoy. This publicly accessible space will provide a great view to the airfield to watch planes take off and land.
Quad City Airport Rendering Water Feature
The indoor/outdoor garden space will include a water feature that invokes our Mighty Mississippi. Travelers can relax in comfortable seating with a great view of the airfield just outside.

Our Latest Projects

As we work toward our bold Project GATEWAY vision, we’ve also been hard at work with other short-term projects to modernize and enhance your experience. Here’s a snapshot of some projects we completed.

Solar-covered parking

 This solar structure serves as a covered parking option for nearly 200 spots in our premium lot. We also added more EV charging stations. In addition to protecting travelers’ vehicles, the panels affixed to the terminal roof will supply more than 50 percent of the airport’s energy.

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New terminal seating mockup

New terminal lounge seating

We added soft seating with power capabilities throughout the airport.

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Outside Patio Seating and QC Airport

New outdoor patio

We created a new space to get some fresh air before heading through security into the terminal. This space has picnic tables, Adirondack seating, a fire pit  and a great view of planes arriving and departing. This space is open to the public.

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Parking System with QC AIrport logo

New parking system

A new parking system upgraded the usability of our technology. New features include touchless entry and smartphone/Bluetooth connectivity.

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Intuitive announcements

Our overhead paging and announcement system was overhauled. The new ambient noise-sensing system can intuitively increase or decrease volume based on surrounding noise levels – a big deal when you need to hear important information!

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