Passenger Traffic at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Grows in 2016 for Fourth Consecutive Year

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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS …….Passenger traffic at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in calendar year 2016 increased by 4.33% over 2015. This marks the fourth consecutive year for year-over-year passenger growth at SPI. 191,946 total passengers were reported to have flown through SPI during calendar year 2016 as compared to 183,975 in 2015. All of the airport’s regularly scheduled air carriers, which include Allegiant, American Airlines and United Airlines, posted year-over-year gains contributing to the airport’s overall growth in passenger traffic. These increases in passenger traffic were achieved with nearly the same schedule, frequency and routes as the previous year. The passenger traffic reported in 2016 marks the highest annual total passenger traffic reported during the last twelve years. Increased passenger activity at the airport has continued into 2017, as the airport reports increased traffic of over 17% in January as compared to January 2016.

According to data collected by the Springfield Airport Authority during 2016, United Airlines served 82,029 passengers, an increase of 4,199 or a 5.40% increase over 2015; American Airlines served 52,131 passengers, an increase of 1,560 or 3.08%; and Allegiant served 54,173 passengers, an increase of 2,963 or 5.79%.

Airport Authority Commissioner, Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, says “The increases in passenger traffic are positive signs that more and more people are seeing the value of flying locally from Springfield. We routinely hear positive passenger comments about the airport’s convenient location, short lines and free parking; and that people can fly non-stop to four destinations or connect on flights in Dallas or Chicago to anywhere else with very reasonable and sometimes less expensive fares as compared to other travel options.”

The Authority’s Board Chair, Frank J. Vala, adds, “As in recent years, the Authority again expresses its gratitude to those that have looked to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport for their air travel needs, and to those airlines (United, American and Allegiant) that have made a commitment to serving the Springfield, Illinois marketplace. Using, investing in and promoting our local assets, such as the airport, contribute to our community’s goal to grow and achieve economic success. As people in the community make commitments to support local businesses, we ask that they also commit to flying from their local airport, as the continuance of positive passenger trends will help the community’s case to retain and grow its air service offerings.”

Passenger Traffic Summary 2010-16

Calendar Year Total Passengers 2010 125,369 2011 148,077 2012 138,480 2013 144,953 2014 174,265 2015 183,975 2016 191,946


Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2010 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation. In 2012 IDOT released an Economic Impact study indicating Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport generates $563.6 million in total economic output annually for the local economy impacting 4,797 jobs. The airport is home to many major tenants that include the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Fighter Wing, IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, Lincoln Land Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Training Center, StandardAero and Stellar Aviation. The airport’s main passenger terminal is also home to the Passenger Service Center and Sky Club, a membership-based club offering an unparalleled level of service for frequent travelers. Commercial passenger air service offerings feature daily service to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines, to Chicago on United Airlines and to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and Orlando/Sanford Florida on Allegiant. More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at or by calling the Passenger Service Center at 217-788-9200.

For more information, please contact: Mark E. Hanna, A.A.E., Executive Director Springfield Airport Authority Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport 1200 Capital Airport Drive PH: 217-788-1060