- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SAVOY, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois is unveiling a new slogan to try to increase use of its Willard Airport and is looking for a new executive to help build its business. But officials say passenger numbers are already up.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign (https://bit.ly/1NuQ8aO ), Jack Penning of airport consultant Sixel Consulting Group says 80 percent of the airport’s flights were full in 2014. That up from 75 percent in 2013.

The university hopes to boost the airport’s image by replacing its “Fly CMI” slogan with “Fly Champaign-Urbana.” CMI is the International Air Transport Association’s airport locator code for Willard.

Steve Carter of the airport advisory board also hopes to have a new executive hired by the end of the year.

Willard is in Savoy, just south of Champaign.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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