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Southern Illinois Airport ranks as one of the busiest airports in the State of Illinois. As a full service facility, the airport provides three lighted all-weather runways and an array of aircraft and pilot services. Sufficient land is also available on the airport for the development of additional aviation related enterprises. Located among the hills and lakes of beautiful southern Illinois, the airport serves as home base for the nationally acclaimed aviation programs of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The airport is continually upgrading its facilities to ensure that it meets the needs of aviation users well into the future.
Originally known as the Murdale Airport, was organized in 1946. The airport opened on June 1, 1950 with one runway, one business, two buildings and 8 employees.
Traffic and business grew considerably in the past five decades, particularly after the initiation of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale aviation program in 1960. Today the airport ranks as the sixth busiest facility in the State, has three all-weather runways, and 23 buildings.