- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/1Aa47Pa ) 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.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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