In 2019, Volaire Aviation Consulting developed a comprehensive Airport Economic Activity and Impact Study of the University of Illinois-Willard Airport. The study estimates the economic impact of all measurable and airport dependent economic activity at the airport. Key areas of economic activity measured were:
- existing air service;
- visitors brought to the county by airlines and general aviation;
- all non-airline airport dependent activity such as aviation education, the Fixed Base Operator (FBO), and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) operations;
- all airport and air service support functions including airport administration, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Willard is a significant economic engine for Champaign County and the surrounding region. Read the entire report here.
The report was sponsored by Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, University of Illinois-Willard Airport, Visit Champaign County, City of Champaign, Parkland College, Frasca International, University of Illinois Research Park, Flightstar, and the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®