News & Events

During the Nebraska Symposium Banquet held in Kearney on January 25, 2018, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport was awarded the “2017 Airport of the Year” by Ronnie Mitchell, Director of the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division. “Earning this recognition showcases the outstanding performance and continuous growth that makes Central Nebraska Regional Airport a leader in the region,” according to Mike Olson, Executive Director of the Hall County Airport Authority.  “Much of the airport’s success lies in the character and motivation of its staff. I would like to thank these people for their dedication, high-quality work, and personal engagement. Our appreciation also goes to our valued service providers for their contributions to our joint success, as well as the support and governance of the Airport Authority Board.”


– The first 90 minutes of parking are free.
– $3.00 per day in west lot (west of Sky Park Rd).
– $5.00 per day in east lot (east of Sky Park Rd).
– Every 7th day of parking is free.
Grand Island Independent Article

Governor Ricketts delivers State of the State Address at Airport on Jan. 10, 2018
Grand Island Independent Article

New TSA rule for screening electronics is implemented at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.
(Sept. 2017) To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. During the roll-out period of this new security measure passengers may experience more bag checks. The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre® who are using TSA Pre® lanes.  For more information click here.

Grand Island was in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017!

This view is from the Control Tower overlooking the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

A group from Primrose Retirement came out for a tour of the Passenger Terminal on July 18, 2017.

Samsung expands recall on Galaxy Note 7 devices.  To read more go to Samsung’s website.

On January 13, 2017, the FAA no longer requires Samsung Galaxy Note 7 warnings at the Airport.  Click on the following link for the lastest Samsung 7 information.

Notice: Effective October 15, 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone will be banned from Air Transportation.  Passengers can call 1-800-SAMSUNG or 800 726-7864 or visit Samsung’s website.

To read Article go to: DOT Bans all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones from Airplanes.



Operations Manager Doug Brown was awarded the 2016 Medal of Excellence received during the Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Inspection in August of 2016.   This is the 12th year in a row the Central Nebraska Regional Airport has received this award.

Duo’s Guard Sleekline Canopy Welcomes Passengers to Central Nebraska Regional Airport…read more

Please see the article and FAA warning about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phone on airplanes. Pass this on to your family and friends.

A Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey stopped by the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on September 8, 2016.

The Ageless Aviation provided rides at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on May 31, 2016.  The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization established and dedicated to honoring seniors and United States military veterans was at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. The Foundation provides Dream Flights in a Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the 1940’s.The primary focus is on individuals living in long-term care communities. Their Mission is to“Give Back To Those Who Have Given”.  For more information go to

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport was filled with upwards to a thousand onlookers and family members to greet the Vietnam Veteran Hero Flight on May 2, 2016. The Patriot Guard greeted the Veterans as they walked down the ramp and the Vets were cheered on by onlookers waiving flags. The Northwest High School band played a medley of songs honoring each branch of the service.   Mayor Jeremy Jensen presented the Veterans with a “Key to the City” and thanked them for their service. It was quite an emotional time for those attending.

Brand New Passenger Terminal opens at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI)

Over 400 community members attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Passenger Terminal on April 5, 2016.

A-ok Ladies Select Construction Crew For Random Act Of Kindness

Construction workers at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport were treated on July 2, 2015 as the A-OK ladies served them sack lunches from Afternooners’ and thanked them for a job well done. The crew from Hausmann Construction took a break from working on the new Passenger Terminal and lined up to receive a sandwich and a drink. The crew was very appreciative to receive this Act of Kindness as seen by the smiles as they went through the line. Lunch was also provided to Chief Construction crew working on the new General Aviation Terminal.