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Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Named Airport of the Year

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport has been chosen as Illinois’ 2020 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Award recipients are chosen based on criteria including cooperation and coordination with IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, the airport’s safety record, promotion of aviation and educational events, and the general maintenance of the airport facility. “Aviation is one of the key components that goes into making Illinois the transportation hub of North America,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Our aviation partners take great pride in the work they do supporting transportation, jobs and quality of life in their communities. These awards highlight their efforts as well as those of the entire Illinois aviation community.”

The airport was also honored by receiving the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for its Terminal Expansion and ADA Improvement Project from the Illinois Public Airport Association. The multi-year project to update and modernize large portions of the main passenger terminal complex is nearing completion.

Frank J. Vala, Chair of the Springfield Airport Authority stated, “The Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners and staff continue to demonstrate their dedication to providing modern and safe infrastructure, striving to provide the best possible service and experience for passengers, supporting general and corporate aviation operations, ensuring the availability of excellent public safety resources and facilitating economic development activities. He continued by noting, “Numerous airport partners, stakeholders and tenants contribute to our efforts in providing a first-class facility and quality services.” Vala concluded, “Receiving these honors is a statement of the team effort the Board and the staff embrace as we are all committed to improving the quality of living and advancement of our community; all involved with receiving these recognitions are to be commended!”


Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2020 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 LRS Aviation Maintenance Training Center, StandardAero, Illinois Army National Guard 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 Phoenix/Mesa 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.


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