the republic logo

Springfield airport to use $1.85M federal grant to add 2nd passenger jet bridge


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport plans to use a federal grant to add a second passenger jet bridge.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) the airport received a $1.85 million grant.

Currently, passengers have to use an external ramp to board aircraft if the existing jet bridge is being used for another plane. Airport officials say the second bridge could be in use by the end of the year.

Airport Executive Director Mark Hanna says passengers will particularly appreciate the new bridge during winter months. He says: "We're hoping to have it done as a holiday gift to the community."

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin attended a Friday news conference to announce the grant. He says the money will make the airport more accessible for travelers in and out of Springfield.

Information from: The State Journal-Register,

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.