Quad City International public airport is situated in Rock Island Country and within the three miles (5km) away from Illinois and south of Moline. The airport codes are IATA: MLI, ICAO: KMLI, FAA LID: MLI. The airport is partly in Blackhawk Township and partly in Coal Valley Township. "Illinois Primary Airport of the Year" was the name of this airport in 2012. Worth to mention, that after Chicago's O'Hare and Midway, Quad City is the third-busiest commercial airport in Illinois, however, this airport does not serve any international commercial passenger flights. Because of the airport being an official port of entry and owning a Foreign Trade Zone, it has an international designation. It exists to enable international cargo shipments and international general aviation passenger flights.
Quad City International Airport is the 3rd busiest commercial airport in Illinois, Chicago, even though it does not serve any international commercial passenger flights. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's federal aviation administration, in 2017, the airport operated 31,427 aircraft, average 86 per day: 51% general aviation, 29% air taxi, 18% airline, and 2% military. The number of daily flights is 33, while the average distance is 724km. Worthy of note, that in 2011, Quad City Airport served 842,633 passengers.
History and economic impact
The first coast-to-coast flight was managed via army planes, for which a Rock River valley pasture was chosen in 1910, and after that, it officially started to serve as an airport. Right now, there are three runways and one passenger terminals at the airport. Due to this, it offers continuous services to ten cities through four leading airlines. According to a 2009 aviation economic impact study of airports, which was conducted in Iowa, examined Quad City International Airport, and the result showed, the gain of $108.3 million from this airport. Since 2012, the authorities organized the plan, which consisted of a new passenger terminal online baggage system to increase the sustainability and effective use of land; therefore, their customer service improved, and it was rewarded as "Illinois Primary Airport of the Year 2012”.