Percent increase in enplanements at Willard Airport

The Willard Airport Governance and Sustainable Air Service Task Force started in 2013 and released a strategic business plan in November of 2014 to guide future development and ensure the airport’s future viability. While enplanements (number of passengers) at Willard Airport slightly decreased (0.6%) from 2015 to 2016, enplanements have increased by 22.7% from 2015 to 2018. United Airlines adding three Willard-to-O’Hare flights a day and American Airlines doubling flights between Champaign-Urbana and Dallas contributed significantly to the increase. Although United Airlines has since cancelled its flight service out of Willard, American Airlines expanded its service as United Airlines left.

Tables and charts below show the number of enplanements and flights of Willard Airport and some of the competing airports in the region. 

Number of Enplanements (in thousands)

YearWillardBloomingtonPeoriaSpringfield
2000120.106234.738170.26435.158
2001111.736206.859177.38752.835
2002112.246199.672192.308102.917
200395.087206.390177.129122.412
2004115.911219.286221.46611.1108
2005129.948227.489253.74381.165
2006114.769255.442238.87064.458
2007108.667262.191269.72660.556
200895.179261.609276.20955.609
200985.792242.834240.74552.921
201083.391273.589247.90051.879
201181.100284.116247.53654.190
201283.796238.697285.11659.030
201382.996210.730289.09869.051
201492.724203.217315.16083.447
201587.584185.452315.31289.060
201687.093
187.875
304.554
92.554
201797.502162.516309.61789.728
2018107.455177.233326.38274.465
Data Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market Data

Number of Flights

YearWillardBloomingtonPeoriaSpringfield
20005,4518,6418,1232,185
20015,1397,6818,8923,550
20025,5717,5568,5036,029
20034,5526,3327,3325,732
20044,7196,2596,8584,706
20055,1945,6267,6283,463
20063,9655,8826,0002,659
20073,3765,8396,6352,338
20083,3565,4966,9122,221
20092,9855,0166,3971,969
20102,5775,3285,6521,978
20112,2535,1705,7681,848
20122,2534,5426,7932,015
20132,2293,9116,6821,885
20142,2883,8486,6441,841
20152,2153,5236,4611,893
20162,2203,762
6,220
1,918
20172,6703,3396,4821,902
20182,8973,1096,1591,795
Data Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Segment Data
Willard Airport Enplanements PM Summary
Goal Have a resilient economy by supporting existing and emerging local as well as global business development and job creation, fostering quality educational options for all income levels, continuing to invest in forward-looking infrastructure like fiber connectivity, establishing strong inter-regional transportation options like bullet trains, and promoting inter-municipal coordination that creates and maintains a high standard of living and quality of life for all.
Objective Increase enplanements at Willard Airport by 10% by 2020.
Performance Measure Percent increase in enplanements at Willard Airport
2016 Rating

87,093 enplanements at Willard airport in 2016, which is a 0.6% decrease from 2015. Negative Rating.

2017 Rating

11.5% increase in enplanements at Willard Airport in 2017. Positive Rating.

2018 DRAFT Rating

107,455 enplanements at Willard airport in 2018, which is a 22.7% increase from 2015. Positive Rating.