Pekin Municipal Airport Receives Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year Award


Pekin Municipal Airport Receives Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year Award


Illinois’ Division of Aeronautics recognizes airport manager Todd Dugan and the Pekin Municipal Airport for redevelopment improvements and overall contribution to Illinois airspace community.



Pekin, IL- This month Pekin Municipal Airport was recognized as the 2020 Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year.

The recognition came by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. Criteria for the award is based on cooperation and coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation office, the airport’s safety record, service the airport provides to the local community, general maintenance of the facility and more.


Pekin Municipal Airport manager Todd Dugan
and Director of IDOT Aeronautics Clayton Strambaugh.
Located just south of Pekin city limits, the Pekin Municipal Airport serves the local business community as well as the General Aviation Community. It is also part of the National Airspace System. People can fly their aircrafts out of Pekin and go anywhere in the USA non-stop. The Pekin Municipal Airport is home to dozens of privately owned small aircraft and has as many as 10,000 air operations a year since under new management.


When I was hired, the airfield was in rough shape, the taxiway lights did not work, the runway lights were about to give out, and the runway needed replaced,” states Todd Dugan. Todd Dugan has served as the airport’s manager for approximately four years now. His knowledge of the industry and diligence to work with multiple agencies has elevated the airport in numerous ways.


Dugan says, “It amazing how much the airfield has improved in just four years and the change in perception of the airport in the community… From a dilapidated airfield to Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year!”


Todd Dugan reflects the recent improvements to Pekin Municipal Airport could not have been made possible without the support of the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, the Airport Commission, and an active tenant base. Dugan has also helped to secure grant funding toward facility redevelopment. Redevelopment will now focus on expansion, bringing more airplanes to the field: increasing hangar rental income, fuel sales and operations.


“We now have a brand-new runway, LED runway and taxiway lights and hangar development on the horizon for the first time in 30 years. We are also home to Tarragon Aircraft USA. This is a Latvian Aircraft and we are the sole dealer in North America,” remarks Dugan.


The airport also recently hosted their 8th Wings and Wheels event. Patrons were able to tour several small aircrafts that are home to the airport, have short airplane rides around the area and check out dozens of vintage and custom cars.


 About Pekin Municipal Airport- The Pekin Municipal Airport, owned and operated by the City of Pekin. The airport provides easy access to Pekin and the Greater Peoria Area with a single 5000 foot paved and lighted runway, serviced by three instrument approaches. The airport has terminal operations and self-service fueling available 24/7.


The airport has a multitude of benefits such as low gas prices, no landing fees, and no short-term tie-down/parking fees. Feel free to use the provided courtesy car or take advantage of the free coffee, popcorn, pilot lounge, wireless access, and vending machines. For more information about the Pekin Municipal Airport, visit or follow on Facebook.


Media Contact:
Brittney Hogue
Communications Coordinator
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce





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