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Quad City International Airport

Quad City International Airport

WMO: 72544

MLI is located in Illinois
Location of Airport in Illinois
Airport type Public
Owner Rock Island County
Operator Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County
Location Moline, IL
Elevation AMSL 590 ft / 180 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,015 1,529 Concrete
9/27 10,002 3,049 Concrete
13/31 7,301 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 49,170
Based aircraft 87
Source: FAA[1]

Quad City International Airport (ICAO: KMLIFAA LID: MLI) is a public airport in Rock Island County, Illinois, three miles (5 km) south of Moline. It is owned by the Metropolitan Airport Authority. It is partly in Blackhawk Township and partly in Coal Valley Township.[1] In 2012 it was named "Illinois Primary Airport of the Year".[2]

Quad City is the third-busiest commercial airport in Illinois – Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports lead the state.[3] The international designation is for being an official port of entry and having a U.S. customs port of entry. A Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Office are located at the airport, enabling international inbound and outbound shipments. While there are no scheduled commercial flights to international destinations, local corporate jets (especially those owned by Deere & Company) do make periodic non-stop trips to destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.


  • History 1
  • Facilities and aircraft 2
  • Services 3
  • Airlines and destinations 4
  • Statistics 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


A Velie Monocoup airplane in the terminal

Franing Field, the site of the present Quad City International Airport, was picked as an ideal flying field, with 120 acres (49 ha) of level, grassy land free of obstacles. The airport made headlines right at the start, chosen as a control point for the first coast-to-coast flight in the fall of 1919. On August 18, 1927 an estimated 10,000 people came to welcome Charles Lindbergh in Moline and his famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis on the Gugenheim tour, a cross-country commercial aviation promotion tour. In 1929 Phoebe Omlie set an altitude record above the airport in a Velie Monocoupe, the only plane ever manufactured in Moline, which still hangs in the passenger terminal. In 1947 the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County was formed after seven townships voted to establish it. In 1957 the first count of enplaning and deplaning passengers was made with a total of 59,701 recorded. The airport underwent major remodeling in 1961 and 1968, adding everything from baggage claim to a restaurant and boarding areas. The present airport terminal was completed in 1985, after studies showed that an addition to the 1954 structure would be more costly than an entirely new terminal. The shift to the new $11 million terminal allowed expansion of airline facilities; between 1979 and 1986, the number of airlines increased from two to seven.[4]

Baggage Claim

AccessAir, Air Midwest, AirTran Airways, America West Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Chicago Air, Midway Connection, Northwest Airlines, Ozark Air Lines, Pan American World Airways, Skyway Airlines, Trans World Airlines and United Airlines have flown to Quad Cities. At one time Mississippi Valley Airlines had its headquarters at the airport.[5] In the early and mid-1990s turboprop equipment was common; Northwest Airlink and other airlines had Saab 340Bs. Carriers have replaced their turboprops with newer regional jets. Allegiant Air MD 80s fly to Orlando, Las Vegas, Clearwater, and Phoenix-Mesa. Beginning in June 2013 Delta Air Lines began flying the Airbus A319 to Atlanta, the first time Delta mainline service has flown from/to the Quad Cities.[6]

In 2001 the terminal underwent a major renovation and expansion: two new concourses, a larger baggage claim area, new restaurants and gift shops. The project doubled the size of the passenger terminal. The Philadelphia architectural firm DPK&A designed the new concourses.

A larger U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility was opened in 2014 in a former air cargo building. The facility processes international passengers arriving on general aviation flights. It includes a processing room, an interview room, space for agricultural inspections, office space, and holding cells for passengers who are prohibited from entering the U.S. or who are being detained and transported by law enforcement.[7] Phase two of the project will renovate the remainder of the building to create an international terminal or Federal Inspection Service, should the airport establish nonstop international charter flights. Gere-Dismer Architects of Rock Island designed the facility.

The airport set its passenger record in 2007 when 484,212 passengers boarded flights while 481,930 deplaned.[8] The total beat the record of 911,522 set the previous year. In 2008 passenger numbers declined: 957,087 passengers enplaned or deplaned.[9] Passenger count dropped to 763,416 in 2013.[10]

Facilities and aircraft

Quad City International Airport Diagram

Quad City International Airport covers 2,600 acres (1,052 ha) and has three runways:[1]

  • Runway 9/27: 10,002 x 150 ft (3,049 x 46 m) Concrete, ILS equipped.
  • Runway 13/31: 7,301 x 150 ft (2,134 x 46 m) Asphalt/Concrete
  • Runway 5/23: 5,015 x 150 ft (1,529 x 46 m) Asphalt

The airfield at the Quad City International Airport can accommodate any type of aircraft in virtually any type of weather conditions with the long runways, ILS, and high-intensity lighting. Airport officials claim that the airport is possibly capable of handling the new Airbus A380. The airfield has gone through many changes over the past few years as well, including extending Taxiway Hotel. Also, Runway 5/23 has been expanded to a usable 5,015 feet (1,529 m).

Runway 9/27, the longest runway, was rebuilt in 2011. The program included a temporary 6,500-foot (2,000 m) parallel runway (10/28) built during the project. Former 10/28 is now taxiway P. The new runway 9/27 has new pavement, new shoulder construction, taxiway additions, and a new glide-slope capture effect kit for runway 9. The cost totaled $34 million and was completed in late 2012 when the temporary runway was converted into a taxiway.[11]

In 2010 the airport had 49,170 aircraft operations, an average of 135 per day: 51% general aviation, 35% air taxi, 13% scheduled commercial and 1% military. 87 aircraft were then based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 8% jet and 1% helicopter.[1]

The airport is designated international for having a port of entry customs service. A Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs Office are located at the airport, enabling international inbound and outbound shipments. The Customs & Border Protection offices recently opened in the easternmost former cargo building. There are three cargo facilities for every available ramp and the airport has expansion capabilities. A number of air freight companies are located at the airport including BAX Global, DHL, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

Fixed base operators (FBO's) include Elliott Aviation.


Art Gallery

The terminal features the full-service Air Host Restaurant. There is also a full-service bar, Paradies Gift Shop, shoe shine service, and post office boxes and a mail drop. An art gallery, featuring local and regional modern and contemporary art, is located near the security check point. There is also a visitor information center near baggage claim to provide passengers local tourism information and directions. Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the airport.[12]

Beyond the security checkpoint in between Concourses A & B, there is a snack bar, lounge, bar, and a Gevalia Kaffe Coffee Shop. Located on Concourse B is a CNBC News and Gift Shop, along with a chair massage vendor. Destination Points, a frequent flyer lounge, is available for local and regional travelers who fly approximately eight or more times, annually. There are also several work stations that passengers may utilize to set out their computers or work, and recharge their electronics.

There are two hotels on the airport property across the parking lot from the terminal. A three-story Hampton Inn & Suites opened in 2006 and a four-story Holiday Inn Express in 2014.[13][14] In an effort to decrease the number of people circling the airport proper waiting to pick up arriving passengers a cell phone waiting area was created in 2008 adjacent to the airport's entrance road.[15] A new consolidated rental car facility is currently being constructed and will open in the Summer or Fall 2014.

The airport boasts the regional headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, whose offices are located on the second floor of the passenger terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Atrium between the concourses
A Concourse

All passengers enter the airport at the main terminal and then proceed to either Concourse A (gates A1 – A6) or Concourse B (gates B5, B7, B8, B8A, B9 – B11, B15, B17).

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth A
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta A/B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul A/B
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles B


Quad City International Airport is located in USA
Locations of commercial airline destinations from Quad City International Airport
Busiest domestic routes out of MLI
(Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)[16]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 110,000 American, United
2 Atlanta, GA 63,000 Delta
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 39,000 American
4 Detroit, MI 38,000 Delta
5 Denver, CO 26,000 United
6 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 25,000 Delta
7 Phoenix/Mesa, AZ 16,000 Allegiant
7 Las Vegas, NV 16,000 Allegiant
9 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL 14,000 Allegiant
9 Orlando/Sanford, FL 14,000 Allegiant


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MLI (Form 5010 PDF), effective January 10, 2013
  2. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2012-05-24). "Quad-City Airport named state's airport of the year".  
  3. ^ By enplanements the FAA ranks Chicago O'Hare as the No. 2 airport in the United States, Chicago-Midway is No. 26, Quad City International is No. 130, General Downing – Peoria International is No. 154, and Central Illinois Airport is #164."Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) – Preliminary" (PDF).  
  4. ^ Sarah Hayes (1999). "A Q-C Century – Progress 99: A brief history of the Quad City Airport".  
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 98. "Head Office: PO Box 949, Quad City Airport, Moline, Illinois 61265, USA."
  6. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2013-06-11). "Delta mainline service begins at Q-C airport".  
  7. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2014-04-22). "New customs facility opens at Q-C airport".  
  8. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2008-01-15). "QCIA sets passenger record for 2007".  
  9. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2008-01-21). "Q-C airport misses annual passenger record by 1 percent".  
  10. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2014-01-30). "Q-C International ends 2013 with slight passenger decline".  
  11. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2011-11-06). "Runway project nears completion".  
  12. ^ "Features". Quad City Airport. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  13. ^ Kay Luna (2006-11-29). "New airport hotel opens in Moline".  
  14. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2014-06-18). "Frontier opens Holiday Inn Express in Moline".  
  15. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2008-11-24). "Q-C airport rings in new service with cell phone lot".  
  16. ^ "Moline, IL: Quad City International (MLI)".  

External links

  • Quad City International Airport, official site
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective May 26, 2016
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for MLI, effective May 26, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KMLI
    • ASN accident history for MLI
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KMLI
    • FAA current MLI delay information
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