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Quad City Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Quad City Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The staff at Moline simply cannot resist the lure of the PA system, and they spend all day on it jawing like truckers with a CB radio. – Joe

MLI Airport Overview

moline airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Quad City International Airport.

What to Expect

Quad City Airport (code: MLI) consists of a small, renovated terminal with two concourses (A and B). The airport features a gift shop and eatery on each side of security.  WiFi is available to help pass the time.

Where to Sleep

A reviewer reported that there is a “free” nap area, with deep-reclining, soft seating for those looking for a place to sleep. Public service announcements at this airport are reportedly loud, so bring earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Quad City Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Moline Quad City International Airport – Located adjacent to the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Moline Quad Cities – Located adjacent to the airport. Free airport shuttle is available from 6:00AM – 10:00PM. » Check Rates
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Moline Airport– Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Quad City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program.

  • IMEG Business Center – Location: Concourse B before AirTran and United Gates. Lounge Access: Complimentary membership is available to travellers with at least 8 round trip flights per year out of the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Quad City Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art Gallery – Location: across from the main restaurant in the public waiting area.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, by the gift shop • Airside, by the Gevalia Cafe.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available in the restrooms.

Business Center – Location: Destination Points, Airside, Concourse B

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty free shops are available. There are two gift shops: Landside, south of the hanging airplane (Hours: 4:00AM – 4:30PM) • Airside, past security check on Concourse B (Hours: 4:00AM – until last flight boards).

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. You will find:

  • A full-service restaurant/lounge – Location: Landside. Hours: 6:30AM – 5:30PM (Mon – Sat) & 6:30AM – 5:00PM (Sun), although the restaurant may close earlier according to flight schedule.
  • The Gevalia Cafe/Deli/Bar – Location: airside, between the concourses. Hours: open daily from 4:30AM until last flight.
  • Vending machines are available landside and airside.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information center for assistance. Location: near the gift shop, across from the restrooms near the hanging airplane. Hours: 8:00AM – 4:30PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage – Chair massages are available Monday to Friday. Location: Concourse B, across from Rock Island Arsenal Information display and Landside, near Hanging Plane. Fees: $3 for 6 minutes (reader update, May 2019)

Mobile Charging – The airport provides work stations where you can charge your electronics and surf the internet. Location: Concourse B, past the CNBC Store.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, near Hanging Plane (reader update, May 2019).

Rest Zones – A past reviewer mentioned a “nap area”, with comfortable deep-reclining chairs.  Unfortunately, we do not have any additional details.  If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Showers – Not available.

Work Stations – Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Free to use, the desks come equipped with power outlets. Location: Concourse B, Airside.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 3:30AM until last flight arrival of the day. It is very rare for a traveller to need to sleep in this airport overnight. We are told that if you intend to do so, you should notify airport security or airport administration.


Moline airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


METRO bus route 20 links the airport with central Moline. Buses stop in front of the terminal twice an hour from 6:10AM – 6:10PM on weekdays (service starts at 8:40AM on weekends). For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the QC MetroLINK website.

RIM Rural Transit offers on-demand service between the airport and rural areas throughout Rock Island and Mercer Counties in coordination with MetroLINK. For further information, visit the RIM Rural Transit website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located on the east end of the terminal in the baggage claim area, near exit Doors 6 and 7. Onsite car rental agencies include Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz/Thrifty/Dollar • National/Alamo.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Hampton Inn & Suites Moline-Quad City International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Moline – Quad Cities   •   Holiday Inn Rock Island   •   Hotel Blackhawk Autograph Collection   •   Hotel Davenport and Conference Center   •   Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf   •  Motel 6 Quad City Airport Moline   •   Radisson on John Deere Commons   •   Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel   •   Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center – Moline


Taxis are available in a designated area at the east end of the terminal, near baggage claim exit Door 7. All taxis are metered, and reservations are required by some operators during evening hours. Direct-dial courtesy phones are available in the baggage claim area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.