Quad City International Airport
|Quad City International Airport|
|Height above MSL||180 m (591 ft )|
|Distance from the city center||5 km south of Moline|
|Street||I-74 / I-280 / US 6 / US 150 / IL 5|
|operator||Metropolitan Airport Authority|
|Air freight||47 t (2017)|
|05/23||1529 m × 46 m concrete|
|09/27||3049 m × 46 m asphalt / concrete|
|13/31||2134 m × 46 m asphalt / concrete|
Franing Field , on the site of today's airport, was one of the stopovers in a coast-to-coast plane race in 1919. In May 1926, National Air Transport opened a regular airmail service on the Chicago - Dallas route and used Franing Field for one of the required stopovers. In 1927 Boeing Air Transport started connections between Chicago and San Francisco via Moline .
Since the Great Depression was preparing the privately operated airport problems the city bought Moline 1935 Franing Field and built a new entrance building and hangars 165,000 dollars of the necessary cost of carrying the city, 365,000 US dollars (equivalent to a value of about 7 million dollars), the Federal Government under the Works Projects Administration program. The construction work was the second most expensive WPA project in Illinois. In 1939 there were five daily scheduled flight connections.
After the United States entered World War II in 1941, the airfield was used for pilot training.
In 1946 the airport received an instrument landing system that allowed it to be used even in poor weather conditions. In 1947, the residents of Rock Island County voted to buy the airport and create the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County, Illinois, for administration. A new station building was then built by 1954 and one of the runways was extended. At the same time the airport got its current name, the main users were the airlines United Airlines and Ozark Air Lines .
The station building was expanded in 1961 and 1968 and replaced by a new building in 1985, which in turn was expanded to its current dimensions in 2001.
Airlines and Destinations
- Official website (English)
- A Brief Look Back. QCAirport.com, accessed April 12, 2017 .
- AirportIQ 5010: Quad City International. GCR1.com, accessed October 24, 2017 .
- North America Airport Rankings. ACI-NA.org , accessed February 17, 2019 .
- Sarah Hayes: A brief history of the Quad City Airport ( English ) 1999. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- History of Federal Weather Service in the Quad Cities ( English ) National Weather Service . Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Non-Stop Destinations from MLI. QCAirport.com, accessed February 17, 2019 .