Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport completed September and the third quarter for this calendar year reporting continued growth in passenger traffic with each of its three commercial airline partners, particularly American and United Airlines. The airport reported American Airlines’ total passenger count in September 2011 to be 4,303 passengers, representing a 16.08% increase as compared to traffic reported in September 2010. United Airlines’ total passenger count at SPI in September 2011 was 6,926, representing an 8.9% increase over activity reported in September 2010. Total arriving and departing airline passenger counts at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport for all carriers was 12,963 passengers in September 2011, representing a 20.30% increase over the same month in 2010. Year-to-date total passenger activity at the airport is 105,088, representing a Year-to-date increase of 10.85%.
“We’re very happy to be realizing another monthly gain in passenger traffic at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The new service on American Airlines to Dallas has attracted new passengers and is performing well while our traffic to Chicago on United continues to show growth. We are very pleased to report increased passenger activity on both of our daily service providers,” said Frank Vala, Chairman of the Springfield Airport Authority.
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is currently served by three airlines. American Eagle/American Airlines flies twice daily to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and United Express/United Airlines provides four daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Direct Air offers twice weekly seasonal charter flights to Myrtle Beach (MYR), South Carolina and the Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers (PGD), Florida areas and twice weekly year around service to the Orlando/Tampa, Florida areas via Lakeland, Florida (LAL). Direct Air did not offer seasonal flights in September 2010; however they reported 1,410 passengers in September 2011 as they concluded the seasonal flying to Myrtle Beach early in the month and operated throughout the month with the new year round route to Lakeland, Florida.
“We are pleased to learn that more people are looking at SPI when they plan their travel given the additional routes we have added this year and the value that can be realized, such as free public parking. The airport has worked hard to provide airline services that appeal to business and leisure travelers and airport officials will continue to seek airline partners for the Springfield market. We are optimistic that we will post double digit percentage increases in passenger traffic at year’s end,” said Kari Selinger, Springfield Airport Authority Commissioner.
ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2010 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is home to the Passenger Service Center and Sky Club, a membership based club offering an unparalleled level of service for frequent travelers. More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at www.flyspi.com or by calling the Passenger Service Center at 217.788.9200.