Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (FAA LID: BMI, IATA: BMI, ICAO: KBMI) is located in Illinois, Southeast of Normal and three miles east of Bloomington, McLean Country. Central Illinois Airport at Bloomington-Normal is also referred as Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA). The owner of the airport is Bloomington-Normal Airport authority.
The BMI airport is considered as a fifth of the 12 busiest commercial airports in Illinois.
Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal was categorized as a primary commercial service airport in 2015. The BMI airport had 262,846 passenger boardings in 2008, 243,448 passengers in 2009, and 2010 over 274,677 passengers.
The BMI airport covers 1,968 acres, at an eleva11/29 is 6,525 by 150 feet elevation of 871 feet. Central Illinois Regional Airport has two Runways: 2/20 is 8,000 by 150 feet, and 11/29 is 6,525 by 150 feet concrete. The BMI airport had 28,016 aircraft operations, average 76 per day: 62.5% in 2011. Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal reached its all-time high when it served a total of 204,523 passengers in 2014.
The BMI airport is served by several major airlines, including Allegiant Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Delta connection, American Eagle.
The airport dates to the spring of 1927 when farmer Herman opened a 70-plus-acre tract in the agricultural township. The Bloomington Flying Club helped assembly, the general public, and local leaders behind the economic promise of "heavier-than-air" flight. The non-profit organization helped to pay for both constructions. In 1928 Normal filed had a six plane hanger, wind cone, filling pump. In 1929 was the dedication of the airport, witnessed by some 10,000 area residents.
A few weeks after the dedication, the U.S. The Department of Statistics placed the Normal field on its list of officially recognized airports. During the height of the Great Depression, In middle December 1933, local officials settled on a 164-acre site east of Bloomington along Illinois 9. During the great depression, BMI has seen a lot of changes, including renovations, remodels, new airlines, destination, and changes in technology.
Much of the airport grounds are now occupied by the incomplete warehouse of shuttered local manufacturer Wildwood Industries.