January 19, 2022
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services presented concept review plans for a proposed 30,000-square foot hangar and 6,900 square-feet of office space at Chicago Executive Airport (CEA) yesterday at the Village of Wheeling’s regular board meeting. The Hangar 22 project has support from CEA and is in line with the airport’s Master Plan, which is approved by both the Village of Wheeling and the City of Prospect Heights.
Hawthorne, a fixed based operator at Chicago Executive Airport, is looking to expand its current operations at the airport. Once completed, Hangar 22 would provide additional ground rent and flowage fee revenue to CEA, as well as generate new tax revenue.
“Hawthorne has been a great partner and their decision to expand at CEA is a significant investment in our airport and in the community,” said CEA Chairman D. Court Harris. “Hangar space is a premium for our airport, and we are proud of the relationship we have with Hawthorne.”
Hawthorne plans to construct the hangar and office space through a lease agreement with CEA. The newly constructed hangar will provide additional Class-A hangar space along with new office space to satisfy the needs of Hawthorne and CEA customers.
A tenant at the airport since 2014, Hawthorne has experienced considerable growth over the years, and most recently constructed Hangar 21 in 2018. Hawthorne anticipates construction on the new facility would begin Spring 2022.
“This proposed space will help us better accommodate our customers and maintain the highest level of customer service our users have come to expect from us,” said Hawthorne Global General Manager David Annin. “I want to thank Chicago Executive Airport for their support on this project.”
According to CEA Executive Director Jeff Miller, while the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drop in commercial air traffic, CEA has seen an increase in corporate and business flights. Miller stated he is concentrating his focus on potential growth opportunities.
“The airport is an asset to the region, and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to pursue opportunities that allow us to invest in this important infrastructure,” said Miller.