Passenger Traffic at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Continues to Grow; American Airlines to Fly Larger Planes

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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – Passenger traffic at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) has grown by 1.65% as of June 30th as compared to the same period in 2016. A total of 99,076 passengers were reported to have flown through SPI during the first half of calendar year 2017, as compared to 97,471 passengers during the same period in 2016. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is regularly served by American Airlines, United Airlines, Allegiant and also serviced by Sun Country, which provides periodic charter services for various programs.

Beginning August 23rd, American Airlines will serve the Springfield market with newer and larger aircraft on the route between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Springfield (SPI). The DFW route will be operated on the 76-seat Embraer 175, E-175, jet, which will feature leather seating, a first-class cabin, a roomier main cabin, Wi-Fi, and wireless streaming onboard entertainment options. This larger aircraft replaces the 50-seat Embraer Regional Jet, ERJ-145. The new aircraft will provide the Springfield market with over 50% more seats on a daily basis.

Airport Authority Commissioner, Dianne Barghouti Hardwick, said, “We are grateful for American Airlines’ continued commitment to our community. The larger aircraft will provide a first-class cabin and more seating capacity for our market, options that should be welcomed by convention and tourism groups as well as our local business community.” She concluded by emphasizing, “This aircraft upgrade will provide tremendous opportunities and advantages for our community, especially once passengers experience the air service enhancement for themselves.”

The Authority’s Board Chair, Frank J. Vala, stated “We have been working closely with American Airlines in recent months to find ways to bring more seats into our market and we are glad they chose to serve SPI with this new and efficient aircraft. The timing is perfect, as the Airport Authority recently completed the installation of a new jet bridge to accommodate larger airplanes, such as the E-175, and the remodeling of the American Airlines boarding gate area in the terminal. We know passengers will enjoy the experience on board this aircraft.” Vala concluded by saying, “This investment by American Airlines to fly larger aircraft into Springfield has the potential to provide many positive economic impacts for our community.”


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.