Monroe County Airport

Read below for brief excerpts of Monroe County Airport’s history.

Our History


The city of Bloomington acquired Eller farm for development of a municipal airport.


Indiana University built an administration building and hangar; the airport later purchased these. State legislation allows organization of Boards of Aviation Commissioners; we were first to accomplish this.


The airport is dedicated Kisters’ Field in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Gerry H Kisters.


Airport ownership was transferred to Monroe County and a bond issue funding the construction of a hangar and an airline terminal building.


Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Tower was built. Van Buren Township Fire Department was built in 1974.


Runway 35/17 extended to 6500′, Runway 6/24 reconstructed, Snow Removal Equipment building constructed, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Vehicle purchased.


The airport was accepted into the Tower Cost Share Program which provided funding for the control Tower. The airport received a $2 million grant to purchase 185 acres adjacent to the existing airport for future development.


Monroe County Airport was named as the Indiana Aviation Association’s Airport of the Year.

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