Economic Impact Study

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 CorporationUniversity of Illinois-Willard AirportVisit Champaign CountyCity of ChampaignParkland CollegeFrasca InternationalUniversity of Illinois Research ParkFlightstar, and the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®