RANTOUL, ILL. – Like many small towns that lose their fixed base operator, the City of Rantoul, Illinois, has decided to take over the fixed base operation. This decision came about as a result of Rusty’s Flying Service not wishing to continue providing these services. Rusty’s will continue, however, with its aerial application business at the airport.
To help increase traffic, airport manager Rune Duke said that the city will be lowering fuel prices in hopes of increasing traffic. If traffic increases, the city plans to install a self-serve fuel system. Thus far, the city has hired an aircraft technician, and is looking to also hire a line service manager.
During the month of July, the airport averaged 330 operations per day – 10,238 for the month.