Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport ranks No. 1 in economic impact

By WEEK Producer

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport ranks No. 1 in economic impact

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport ranks number one in generating economic impact in downstate Illinois, according to a study released by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

According to the report, Springfield Airport generates $563.6 million into the Illinois economy, ranking ahead of Moline, Peoria, Bloomington, and Champaign airports.

In statewide ranking of commercial airports, Springfield ranks fourth, just behind Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway and Rockford airports.

"We have always known our facility had a major economic impact both locally as well as statewide," said Frank J. Vala, Springfield Airport Authority board chairman. "This recognition validates our continued investment to develop and maintain a first class facility that returns real economic value to our community."

Total economic output ranking among downstate Illinois commercial airports are listed below: 

 

Rank Airport Total Economic Output
1 Springfield

$563,562,700

2 Moline $384,916,500
3 Peoria $294,862,600
4 Bloomington/Normal $164,766,700
5 Champaign/Urbana $102,760,100
6 Decatur $66,230,300
7 Marion $21,729,600
8 Quincy $13,825,700

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