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Effective Feb. 13, 2019, Allegiant adds 3rd Flight to Phoenix-Mesa.  Go to ALLEGIANT and make your Reservation today!

Article from The Grand Island Independent

On January 15, 2019, Governor Pete Ricketts presented his State Address to a crowd at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, NE. 

Article from The Grand Island Independent

Executive Director Olson recognized Maintenance Technician Justin Astrones (right) for earning the Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Airfield Operations designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and presented him with an ACE certificate and pin during the January 16, 2019 Board Meeting.

Executive Director Mike Olson presents a plaque to out-going Board Member Ken Caldwell for 17 years of service on the Hall County Airport Authority Board.  Mr. Caldwell was initially elected in 2000 and took office in 2001.  During his tenure he held every office and served on numerous committees.  We are very appreciative of the contributions Mr. Caldwell has made for the betterment of the Airport.

On Sept. 6, 2018, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport celebrated 10 Years of Allegiant Service to Las Vegas!  Allegiant gave away 4- $250 vouchers and the lucky winners listed below.


Above Airport Executive Director Mike Olson describes how it all began 10 years ago and the impact Allegiant service has made at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Grand Island Independent Article

Winner #1
Crystal Berney
Grand Island

Winner #2
Zachary Lehechka
Grand Island

Winner #4
Tina Ostberg

Central Nebraska Regional Airport was presented the 2018 3rd District Excellence in Economic Development Award by      Congressman Adrian Smith during a ceremony held August 8, 2018 at the airport.

The award recognized the Airport’s contributions to help strengthen Nebraska communities through innovation, hard work, entrepreneurship and historic preservation.

Appreciation to the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce for nominating the Central Nebraska Regional Airport for this award.

Grand Island Independent Article

Pictured: Airport Executive Director Mike Olson, Board Chair Lynne Werner, and Congressman Adrian Smith.

Hey friends!   CRUISE NIGHT AT THE AIRPORT is always a good time so come on out for the last car show of the season on August 22nd from 5-8 pm.

Hungry?  Stop by Afternooner’s  and check out their Dinner Special – Chicken Fried Steak, Drink and Ice Cream.

Afternooner’s will Award Gift Certificates for Best Original, Interior, Show, Paint and Engine.

Dash Plaques will be provided.


Soldiers from Nebraska Army National Guard Company B, 2-135th Aviation practiced sling load operations, July 14, at the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Sling loading is the rapid movement of equipment by helicopter from one location to another using sling sets, cargo nets and other specially designed equipment. This allows units to avoid any surface obstacles that may hinder them from reaching their destination in a timely manner. It is also used to reach outlying areas where the use of convoys is impractical or impossible.

The members of Co. B, 2-135th were being trained on how to sling load utilizing CH-47 Chinook helicopters in preparation for their upcoming annual training.

This training allowed the Soldiers to get under the helicopters and familiarize themselves with sling load operations to include attaching procedures. These procedures would be widely used if ever deployed to an event.

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Chris Sheen)

Hey friends notice anything different?  American Airlines has added a 3rd Daily Flight in and out of GRI on Sunday, Monday and Friday.  Go to and book your flight today!

Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport

HERO FLIGHT MAY 10, 2018 – Central Nebraska Regional Airport

Even with a two and a half hour weather delay the community pulled together and gave 81 Veteran’s a hero’s welcome home.  The Northwest High School band played a medley of military tunes as the Veteran’s walked the pathway between the VFW Color Guard, Civil Air Patrol, Grand Island Senior High ROTC and a sea of flags held by The Patriot Guard Riders. Many family and friends held welcome home signs and thanked the Veterans for their service.

Hero Flight Article from Grand Island Independent

Hero Flight Article from NTV News

Photos of Hero Flight


Executive Director Olson recognized Maintenance Supervisor Wes Harris (left) for earning the Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Airfield Operations designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and presented him with an ACE certificate, patch and pin.  Mr. Harris received the Airport Master Firefighter credential several years ago and wanted to acquire this credential to further his career here at the Airport.  His next goal is to receive the Certified Member (CM) credential.  Board members congratulated Wes for taking the initiative to further his education and career goals here at the airport.


First Graders from Sandy Creek Elementary from Fairfield, NE toured the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on May 2nd.  Students toured the new Passenger Terminal and learned about the history of the Airport,  the Airlines and TSA.  They got to see all the equipment on the Fire Truck and watch it spray water.  Up in the Control Tower they learned what the Operators do and how they communicate with the pilots.



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

Albert Einstein now resides at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.  Sculpture was donated by Ray O’Connor.

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.


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

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.

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