IL: United to Drop Willard Airport in Schedule Change

July 3, 2018

SAVOY, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois airport’s connection with United Airlines is about to end.  

The News-Gazette reports United Airlines will no longer serve Willard Airport after a final date of Sept. 4, 2018. The airline first started offering flights from the University of Illinois-owned hub in June of 2017.

Willard Executive Director Gene Cossey told the newspaper the cancellation, which he says came “out of the blue” in recent days, is because of a pilot shortage. Airlines have seen issues in finding pilots after national lawmakers ruled they need 1,500 hours of training. There is also a mandatory retirement age of 65.

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