A Fresh Look for 2022

Willard Airport has invested more than $100,000 to make your experience better.  You’ll find a refreshed terminal with new flooring, all new wayfinding, a new rental car lot, and reopened concessions.  When you’re ready to travel, we’re ready to welcome you back with a better experience than ever.

If you haven’t visited Willard Airport in a while, you’ll be met with a whole new look the next time you fly.  The Airport has invested more than $100,000 to make the in-terminal experience better.

It all starts with the terminal’s look and feel.  Terminal wayfinding signs were fully replaced for the first time in several decades.  The new signs align with our Fly Champaign-Urbana brand and the University of Illinois colors. The new, modern signs simplify navigating throughout the terminal with easy-to-read messaging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The signs cost $19,174.  The Airport was able to pay for them with airport operating funds – money that comes from things like airline rent payments.  The Airport was happy to partner with Dean’s Graphics in Champaign.  Dean’s designed the signs, produced the vinyl wrapping, and installed everything.

While the new look terminal might be the first thing you notice, the Airport also invested in brand new carpet, for the first time in ten years.  The old carpet had outlived its useful life – and, frankly, looked like it.  The new dark blue and gray look fits in with the overall brand of the Airport.

Willard contracted with Neverman Floor Artisans in Tolono for the $99,000 project, also paid through airport operating funds.  Neverman replaced the carpet all over the terminal, including the gate area, jetbridges, airline operational areas behind ticket counters, rental car offices, the second floor landing and administrative offices, and the airport conference room.

 

New carpet also surrounds Einstein’s Bagels, which has reopened for the first time since the pandemic began.  In March of 2020, it was clear there weren’t enough passengers flying to support a full-time concession in the gate area.

But as Willard’s traffic rebounded, the Airport was able to convince Einstein’s to return.  It’s now open for all departures before noon, five days a week (closed on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which are the lightest days for travel at Willard).  Einstein’s offers all kinds of snacks and drinks, including fresh pastries, wraps, bottled waters, smoothies, coffee, and candy.  With airlines offering much less in the way of onboard service during the pandemic, the Airport is happy to have a place where passengers can quickly grab food and drinks to take onboard.

Finally, if you’re picking-up a rental car, you’ll notice a refurbished lot.  The previous walk from the terminal to the rental car lot was fraught with cracks and potholes, and didn’t give a very good impression to arriving passengers.  The newly-paved turnaround and lot ensures safety, and illustrates that the Airport cares about all those passengers who arrive in the region.

 

Willard Airport will continue to invest in the facility, striving to continue terminal upgrades, and ensuring the facility is set to operate efficiently for decades to come.

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