New record set at CNRA for passengers in 2019

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - More than 70,000 passengers traveled through the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in 2019.

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport has unveiled its numbers for 2019. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

71,207 enplanned passengers passed through the Grand Island airport, and over 140,000 passengers total. The mark sets an all-time record in airport history.

"There's a lot to be said about local, community support and we have tremendous local, community support for the airport, and not just in flying on planes they support our mission," Executive Director Mike Olson said.

Olson believes the airport's record year can be attributed to the increased number of flights and seats on the airplanes. Over the last five years CNRA has invested nearly $25 million into the airport, including a new terminal which cost around $14 million.

As of right now the airport does not have plans to change or implement anything new in 2020 but Olson says those talks are ongoing and they're always looking for ways to improve the airport.

The record year proves that Grand Island has the potential to become a viable travel option for people looking to come into or fly out of the region.

"Well it shows great public support both from a regional standpoint and from a local standpoint and that's what we want," Olson said. "We want the airport to be an economic driver for business travelers and also for leisure travelers."