SPRINGFIELD — St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton is the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Reliever Airport of the Year.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn congratulated the 2016 Airport of the Year award recipients for their accomplishments and their partnership with IDOT to provide outstanding customer service.
“We are proud of our aviation community’s dedication to support the state’s economy by offering an invaluable public service,” Blankenhorn said. “These airports set the bar for excellence. We are happy to partner with them to provide safe, efficient air travel throughout the state.”
The criteria for the award selections include: coordination with IDOT by airport management, facility safety record, maintenance, and the promotion of seminars and aviation events. This year’s award recipients were announced earlier this month at IDOT’s annual Illinois Aviation Conference at Southern Illinois University.
The Illinois aviation system is one of the largest in the nation, composed of more than 830 landing facilities. Previous IDOT studies have shown that aviation contributes nearly $41 billion to the state economy every year.
IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics assists with the creation, improvement and continued operations of public and private airports, while providing aviation safety and education programs to pilots, aircraft owners, mechanics, and industry professionals.