Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (IATA: SPI, ICAO: KSPI, FAA LID: SPI) is a civil-military airport in Sangamon County, Illinois, three miles (6 km) northwest of downtown Springfield. It is owned by the Springfield Airport Authority (SAA).[1]

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerSpringfield Airport Authority
ServesSpringfield, Illinois
LocationSangamon County, Illinois, U.S.
Elevation AMSL598 ft / 182 m
Coordinates39°50′39″N 089°40′41″W
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 8,001 2,439 Concrete
13/31 7,400 2,256 Asphalt
18/36 5,300 1,615 Asphalt/Concrete
Aircraft operations (2016)31,869
Based aircraft (2017)169
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Feb 2017)188,000

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[2]

It is the seventh busiest airport of the 12 commercial airports in Illinois

Military use

The airport is home to Capital Airport Air National Guard Station, a 91-acre (370,000 m2) facility on land leased from the Springfield Airport Authority (SAA). It is home to the 183d Fighter Wing (183 FW), an Illinois Air National Guard unit operationally gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC) and State Headquarters, Illinois Air National Guard. Historically a fighter unit, the 183 FW consists of 321 full-time and 800 part-time military personnel (total strength 1,321).


The airport covers 2,300 acres (930 ha) at an elevation of 598 feet (182 m). It has three runways: 4/22 is 8,001 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) concrete; 13/31 is 7,400 by 150 feet (2,256 x 46 m) asphalt; 18/36 is 5,300 by 150 feet (1,615 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete.[1]

In the year ending July 31, 2016 the airport had 31,869 aircraft operations, average 87 per day: 64% general aviation, 17% air taxi, 17% military, and 2% airline. In May 2017, 169 aircraft were based at the airport: 133 single-engine, 29 multi-engine, 6 jet and 1 helicopter.[1]

Terminal services

The airport terminal has a Subway, a gift shop, an automated teller machine, TV and a lounge.

Airlines and destinations

Airline destinations from Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
Allegiant Air Punta Gorda (FL)
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare
United Express Chicago–O’Hare

Allegiant Air is the only airline using mainline jets: the Airbus A320 series. American Eagle and United Express flights from Springfield are on regional jets.

The airport was previously served by Ozark Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-10s, DC-9-30s and Fairchild Hiller FH-227s to St. Louis and Chicago O'Hare Airport. Air Illinois flew BAC One-Elevens (to St. Louis and Chicago) and also served the airport with Hawker Siddeley HS 748s, Handley Page Jetstreams and de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. Among other routes, Air Illinois HS 748s flew nonstop to now closed Meigs Field on the lakefront next to downtown Chicago.


Carrier shares

Carrier shares: (Mar 2016 Feb 2017)[3]
Rank Carrier Passengers % of market
1 SkyWest 81,070 43.09%
2 Allegiant 54,930 29.2%
3 ExpressJet 49,900 26.52%
4 Envoy 1,180 0.63%
5 Sun Country 1,050 0.56%

Top Destinations

Busiest domestic routes from SPI
(Mar 2016 Feb 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 40,780 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 25,190 American
3 Punta Gorda, Florida 17,260 Allegiant
4 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 10,160 Allegiant


  1. FAA Airport Master Record for SPI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
  2. "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. "RITA BTS Transtats - SPI". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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