The Springfield Airport Authority announced the completion of more than $12.6 million in capital improvements to roadways, runways, taxiways, ramps and facilities during the 2012 calendar year. Of the $12.6 million in costs, over 84% was funded with federal and state monies. All the improvements completed during 2012 greatly improve areas involving aircraft operations and passenger safety, landside access, airport security, energy conservation and customer service.
Capital improvement projects completed in calendar year 2012 include the new entrance road, airfield improvements to runways, taxiways and ramps, acquisition of aircraft rescue & firefighting equipment and numerous energy conservation improvements.
“These are necessary infrastructure and equipment improvements to keep our community’s airport safe, modern and competitive in a highly regulated industry,” says Airport Authority Board Chair Frank Vala. "These investments demonstrate our commitment to keeping pace with demand and exceeding regulatory requirements regarding the operation and maintenance of the airport.” He continued, “Additionally, we plan for projects that create multiple benefits. For example, the new lighting and HVAC upgrades installed throughout airport facilities and parking lots will cut utility costs and reduce electricity usage by at least 50% in many cases. The planned taxiway work in 2013 will satisfy FAA safety recommendations and provide more efficient taxiing options for our general aviation users. We continue to be appreciative of the capital improvement programs
available at the federal, state and local levels that provide the necessary support for these important projects.”
The US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration provide for the planning and programming of airport improvement projects in concert with the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Funds to support these projects are primarily provided from the Aviation Trust Fund, which is a depository for federal aviation excise tax receipts maintaining the concept that users of the aviation system are paying for maintenance and improvement projects to support the system. Funding authorization and appropriations for the Trust Fund are established by Congress. The federal participation for such projects has been established at 90% and the balance is covered by local funding sources.
ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2010 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation and provides over $563 million in economic benefit to the local community. The airport provides direct daily flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines, direct service to Chicago O’Hare on United Airlines and non-stop service to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda on Allegiant Air. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is home to the Passenger Service Center and Sky Club, a membership-based club offering an unparalleled level of service for frequent travelers. More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at www.FlySPI.com or by calling the Passenger Service Center at 217-788-9200.