- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield’s airport has recorded a 10-year high for the number of passengers served.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports (https://bit.ly/1JRgyOT ) more than 174,000 passengers used Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in 2014. That’s the highest number since 2005.

Airport Executive Director Mark Hanna says a big reason for the increase is new Florida service offered through Allegiant Air. The leisure carrier reported nearly 47,000 passengers at the airport last year - a 71 percent increase over 2013.

American airlines also saw larger passenger numbers, with nearly 53,000 traveling between Springfield and Dallas-Fort Worth.

More than 70,000 travelers flew United Airlines between Springfield and Chicago. That’s a 3 percent decrease. Airport officials say the drop was caused by harsh winter weather, schedule changes and a September fire at an Aurora air traffic control tower.

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