Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) has seen an increase in passengers now four years in a row.
The Springfield Airport Authority posted this press release today revealing last year’s passenger figures. Last year, 191,946 passengers arrived or departed the state capital’s air terminal. The release shows traffic in 2010-2016.
2010 – 125,369
2011 – 148,077
2012 – 128,480
2013 – 144,953
2014 – 174,265
2015 – 183,975
2016 – 191,946
The 2016 figures represent a 4.33 percent increase over 2015. The press release also notes that January 2017 figures are 17 percent higher than in January 2016. Figures were broken down by carrier.
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%.
Present service is offered by Allegiant Air (Orlando-Sanford, Punta Gorda), American Eagle (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and United Express (Chicago-O’Hare). Low fuel prices, stable service levels and potential for air service expansion will likely make 2017 another good year.
UPDATE (Feb. 15): I didn’t see this article until this afternoon, but the State Journal-Register covered SPI’s 2016 performance seven days ago. It notes that last year’s passenger numbers were the highest in 12 years. Recall that in 2004, Chicago Express dba ATA Connection offered low-fare service to Chicago-Midway Airport, which stimulated traffic. The carrier, which was credited with reviving SPI after years of decline, withdrew in early January 2005 after ATA filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.
– David P. Jordan