MARION (WSIL) -- Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois will receive more than $600,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration.
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced Friday the airport will receive $673,000 from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. The funding is the final reimbursement on the recently completed airline terminal project.
“Investing in our airports is key to Illinois’ economic success,” Durbin said. “The funding announced today will help modernize our aviation infrastructure and improve the experience for Southern Illinois travelers. I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to bring these important investments to our state.”
“Investing in our airports boosts the local economy and strengthens our state’s transportation systems,” Duckworth said. “This funding will help ensure Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois has the necessary resources to improve operations and support local jobs. I will continue to advocate for federal funding that makes our aviation system safer and more reliable and a driver of economic development in Southern Illinois.”
Airport director Doug Kimmel says the funding completes a ten-year $15 million investment.
The airport is currently accepting public comment on proposed flights. Five airlines have submitted proposals for flights from Marion.You can weigh in on the proposals here through August 6.