After two years, Chicago-area DuPage Airport has finished a $4.2 million upgrade of its FBO, which is open 24/7. Among the improvements to the facility–the lone provider at the airport–are new passenger entrances leading to an updated lobby with newly renovated restrooms, crew lounges and upgraded U.S. Customs facilities. Additions include a crew kitchen and dining lounge, theater room, fitness center with cardio workout equipment and weights, and a quiet room with sleeping accommodations.
The airport expects to break ground soon on a 30,000-sq-ft transient hangar that will accommodate the G650/Global class of ultra-long-range business jets. The airport authority recently opened a $1.6 million, 4,700-sq-ft aircraft rescue and fire-fighting station, located closer to the runways for quicker emergency response. Another project set to conclude this year is an $11 million widening of the airport’s primary 7,570-foot Runway 2L/20R, to raise pilots’ comfort level when operating with a crosswind.
DuPage has 40 based private jets and sees 80,000 takeoffs a year.