Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport records 10 year high

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Great news for Springfield's airport.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport has recorded a 10-year high for the number of passengers served.

174,000 people used the airport in 2014.

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.

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