Central Illinois Regional Airport Earns Perfect FAA Inspection

Seventh Perfect Inspection for CIRA (BMI) in Eight Years

(Bloomington, IL) The Bloomington Normal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners is excited to announce that the Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (BMI) has achieved a perfect review from the FAA as part of its Part 139 annual inspection.  It is the seventh time in the last eight years the airport has received a perfect inspection.  The inspection is a requirement for all airports that serve scheduled and unscheduled air carrier aircraft with more than 30 seats and are required to have an Operating Certificate from the FAA.

Airport Operating Certificates serve to ensure safety in the operation of aircraft on the airfield.  To obtain and retain a certificate, an airport must meet certain operational and safety standards, including but not limited to the areas of pavement, markings, lighting, ground vehicle operations on the airfield, and wildlife management.  Also inspected are the airport’s fueling operations and facilities, the aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel training records, response times and equipment.

“This is a great testament to the professionalism of all our staff members and underscores the Airport Authority’s commitment to safety.  These inspections are very detailed and a finding of no discrepancies is rare.  It takes a lot of hard work and diligence by all our employees to have this highly successful outcome.” said Jay Allen, Chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. “The safe operation of our facility is paramount and crucial to every aspect of the airport’s activities.”

Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal hosts flights on American, Allegiant, Delta and Frontier with service to major hubs, nonstops to the Orlando and Tampa Bay area and seasonal service to Denver.   Corporate, general aviation and FedEx Express cargo activities also operate daily.  Located on Rt. 9 East in Bloomington with free parking and convenient access, CIRA serves air travelers throughout the central Illinois region. ##

For More Information:

Carl Olson

Executive Director


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  • 3201 CIRA Drive, Bloomington, IL, 61704
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  • Airport Code: BMI

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