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Fly Local Pledge

The University of Illinois-Willard Airport is an essential strategic economic engine for Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois. Air service is an essential asset in the economic development of our communities.

According to a 2016 economic impact study there are 560 full-time jobs created by the airport. The airport has an annual economic impact of $74,325,994, a $204,000 daily impact in the county.

Fly Champaign-Urbana has a high potential for growth. According to a 2017 leakage study, since 2013, the Champaign-Urbana catchment area has seen total passenger increase from 483,500 per year to almost 971,300 per year–an increase in total market size of 101%.

Willard Airport can continue to grow and find success with the continued support of area businesses, community leaders and governmental units to invest in their local air service. This investment is best demonstrated by adopting a travel guideline that supports the use of air service at CMI.

CMI would like to thank the following organizations for their commitment to the University of Illinois-Willard Airport.

  • Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
  • Litania Sports Group
  • Parkland College
  • Visit Champaign County

If you, or your organization, are interested in taking the pledge. Please email Ashley Hipsher at