Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization



Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization


With continued growth and direct economic impact to the Pekin community, the Pekin Municipal Airport has become a focal point of revitalization efforts.


Pekin, IL- The City of Pekin is focusing on revitalization efforts as hangar tenancy and traffic continue to grow at Pekin Municipal Airport.


The airport recently underwent a renovation of the 24-hour lounge area: a first impression of Central Illinois to many visitors. Until Spring of 2022, the lounge was still outfitted with the original interior furnishing from the 1960s. The space was redesigned to offer an additional seating area with charging ports for smart devices, as well as a modern kitchenette. Fresh paint and installation of new lighting have also been completed. The overall aesthetic promotes a welcoming environment for corporate and recreational flyers utilizing the small airport.


Pekin Municipal Airport has received significant recognition over the past few years. The facility recently was awarded $1.8 million from the Rebuild Illinois Capital Grant, funding 90% of the project cost to replace fuel tanks which had reached the end of their useful life. The grant award has also been applied to an access road extension in preparation for new t-hangar construction.


An economic impact analysis created by Illinois Aviation System Plan and IDOT shows the Pekin Municipal Airport now generates about $9.3 million annually, a figure which has nearly tripled from five to six years ago. About $8.7 million of this income comes directly from on-airport activity. The Airport offers low fuel costs and no landing or tie-down fees, encouraging daily operations from recreational flyers, medical and law enforcement use, as well as corporate flying associated with Pekin’s Riverway Business Park and industrial businesses. 


“The Airport is positioning itself to be one of the premier General Aviation Airports in the state for the foreseeable future,” says Dugan.


About Pekin Municipal Airport- 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. The Airport currently hosts about 50 tenants as well as a private aircraft mechanic company: Keith Aero. The Airport also supports the Pekin community by hosting the annual Wings and Wheels event on the third weekend of September. 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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