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Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (logo).jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Springfield Airport Authority
Serves Springfield, Illinois
Location Sangamon County, Illinois, U.S.
Elevation AMSL 598 ft / 182 m
Coordinates 39°50′39″N 089°40′41″W / 39.84417°N 89.67806°W / 39.84417; -89.67806
FAA Airport Diagram
FAA Airport Diagram
SPI is located in Illinois
Location in Illinois
SPI is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Runway 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 (2019) 26,597
Based aircraft (2020) 169
Passenger volume (12 months ending March 2020) 145,000
Scheduled Flights 1,761

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (IATA: SPIICAO: KSPIFAA 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).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.

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.

In the year ending July 31, 2019 the airport had 26,597 aircraft operations, average 73 per day: 66% general aviation, 18% military, 15% air taxi, and 1% airline. In June 2020, 169 aircraft were based at the airport: 133 single-engine, 29 multi-engine, 6 jet, and 1 helicopter.

Terminal services

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

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations 
Allegiant Air Punta Gorda (FL)
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
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: (April 2019 – March 2020)
Rank Carrier Passengers % of market
1 SkyWest 61,490 42.58%
2 Envoy 48,050 33.28%
3 Allegiant 34,850 24.14%

Top Destinations

Busiest domestic routes from SPI
(April 2019 – March 2020)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 28,850 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 25,760 American
3 Punta Gorda, Florida 17,220 Allegiant
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective 15 December 2011
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for SPI, effective 15 December 2011
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KSPI
    • ASN accident history for SPI
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KSPI
    • FAA current SPI delay information

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