CIRA Approves FedEx Express Operating Deal

CIRA Approves FedEx Express Operating Deal

BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington-Normal could soon have a new airfreight service at its airport.
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington-Normal could soon have a new airfreight service at its airport.

The Central Illinois Regional Airport Board announced a new operating agreement Thursday that will bring the carrier FedEx Express to town.

DHL left the area in 2008, when it cut its U.S. presence.

CIRA officials say the move will bring many new jobs and set the airport up for more private investment. Board members have been working with the company since 2011 to put the deal through.

"We're talking about new tax revenue; we're talking about growth and adding to that growth. For the airport authority, it means the return of air cargo express service. It means new revenue streams for the airport authority and more activity. So, it's a win for everybody,” said Carl Olson, executive director for CIRA.

CIRA officials also announced a renewal of their agreement with five rental car companies. This time, the airport could get 10 percent of the revenue, up from 6 percent in the previous deal.

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