Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Anticipates Continued Recovery as Allegiant Extends Summer Schedule and United Adds Flights

May 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – Allegiant Air has extended its summer flight schedule from mid-August to October between Springfield, IL (SPI) and Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, FL (PGD) as demand continues to remain strong for leisure travelers and those seeking to visit family, friends, and relatives.

United Airlines has added a second daily flight between SPI and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) starting July 1st, highlighting the anticipated return of business travel in the weeks and months ahead. American Airlines fully resumed its pre-pandemic flight schedule of two daily flights between Springfield and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) in early January.

“Recovery from the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the airline industry appears to be on the horizon as airlines look to resume pre-pandemic level flight capacity,” stated the Springfield Airport Authority’s Chair, Frank J. Vala. He continued, “We remain cautiously optimistic that airlines will continue to work to meet rising travel demand. We have maintained an excellent working relationship with all three of our airline partners – American, Allegiant and United, throughout the pandemic and we are glad to report the Airport is close to resuming a normal, pre-pandemic operating schedule.”

Dianne Hardwick, Airport Authority Commissioner said, “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and confidence that Allegiant is showing in the Springfield market. We are delighted to see the extension in their summer schedule through the months that are usually viewed as a seasonal hiatus.” She concluded by saying, “Compliments are also due to American Airlines and United Airlines as they have been steadfast in their commitment to the Springfield market. Network airline access to a vast number of hubs and destinations is absolutely critical to supporting economic growth in our community.”

Passenger traffic at Abraham Lincoln Capital airport has been trending upward in recent months. In March 2021 the airport realized a 9.28% increase over March 2020 and in April 2021 the airport posted a 1,158.3% increase as compared to April 2020 when passenger traffic plummeted to its lowest levels during the initial stages of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Flights from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) can be booked online through each carriers’ website. American Airlines: www.aa.com , United Airlines; www.united.com , and
Allegiant Air: www.allegiantair.com . Passengers are also reminded that face masks continue to be required past the Transportation Security Administration’s passenger security checkpoint in all U.S. airports and aboard all U.S. commercial air service aircraft.

ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT
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 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 on Allegiant. More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at www.FlySPI.com or by calling the airport’s Passenger Serv