September 17, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Quad Cities Director of Aviation to Discuss Investing in Regional Infrastructure


[MOLINE, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Metropolitan Airport Authority’s Director of Aviation Ben Leischener to discuss projects made possible due to past federal funding received by the Quad Cities International Airport as well as the airport’s plans for new a federal investment announced this morning. Earlier today, Duckworth, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) announced $1,325,923 in federal funding through the Federal Aviation Administration to Quad Cities International Airport to help the airport improve and extend taxiways and remove runway and taxiway pavement. After O'Hare and Midway, Quad Cities International is the third-busiest commercial airport in Illinois.

“Quad Cities International Airport is an important economic engine for our state and the region, and making sure it has federal support to improve its infrastructure is critical,” Duckworth said. “I had a good conversation with Director Leischener about plans for Quad Cities International and I’m pleased that recent infusions of federal funding—including today’s announcement—will help the airport make our aviation system safer, more reliable and a stronger economic driver for Illinois.

In July, Duckworth, Dick Durbin and Cheri Bustos also 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.