July 07, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $8 Million for Quad Cities International Airport


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $8,570,000 in federal funding to the Quad Cities International Airport. This funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration will help the airport improve operations, increase safety and meet Federal Aviation Administration standards.

“Our Illinois airports are important economic engines for the state, and making sure they continue to have the support they need to operate safely is critical,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos in announcing this infusion of federal funding, and I’ll keep working to ensure our airports and transportation systems have the funding and support necessary throughout this pandemic and beyond.”

“Investing in our airports is key to Illinois’ economic success, especially as communities recover from the effects of COVID-19,” Durbin said. “This funding will help create a safer and more efficient experience for travelers at Quad Cities International Airport. I will continue working with Congresswoman Bustos and Senator Duckworth to bring these important investments to our state.”

“The American Rescue Plan was the bold relief package our communities needed to receive immediate assistance in the face of this pandemic – including our regional airports like Quad Cities International,” Bustos said. “They serve travelers, move goods and cargo to keep our supply chains strong and drive our local economy. I’m pleased to join Senators Durbin and Duckworth to announce this federal investment and will continue to work alongside them to strengthen our transportation hubs.”

This grant, which is partially funded through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), is to help Quad Cities International Airport remove several thousand feet of runway and taxiway pavement, extend Taxiway A to 5,345 feet and add a 380-foot taxiway connector to reduce the potential for runway incursions.