Airport Hosts Blood Drive
The Central Nebraska Regional Airport (CNRA) teamed up with Afternooner’s and Eileen’s Cookies to sponsor the airports annual
American Red Cross Blood drive held May 15, 2013. This year’s goal was to collect 15 pints, and the goal was exceeded by 26% with 19 pints collected. “We are happy to participate in supporting the American Red Cross intheirefforts to collect a lifesaving product”, said airport’s executive director Mike Olson. “It is a worthwhile community activity that is made possible through thecontributionsof our volunteers and we can’t thank them enough for taking the time to help make our blood drive a huge success!” All those who donated or attempted to donate were entered into a drawing for a gift certificate toAfternooners restaurant located in the airport terminal. Donors were treated to cookies from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies and the Hall County Airport Authority gave away CNRA luggage tags, chocolate bars and T-Shirts.
The need is constant, The gratification is instant, Give blood.™ To find out more about hosting a drive or donating blood go to www.redcrossblood.org
Central Nebraska Regional Airport Sets All-Time Boarding Records in 2012
Airport Director, Mike Olson has just announced “The Central Nebraska Regional Airport’s 2012 passenger numbers were higher than any other year in the Airport’s history.”
According to recently released Enplanement Report, the total number of passengers flying through Grand Island in 2012 was 56,059 which represents a 19% increase over the previous year of 47,090 boarding’s in 2011.
The highest number of enplanements previously was in 1980 with 51,391 boarding’s.
The airport also broke the monthly boarding record set earlier in the year. In March 2012 the monthly record was 5,625 boarding’s. In December of 2012 the number of boarding’s reached a record breaking number of 6,061.
Olson added, “2012 was a banner year for the Central Nebraska Regional Airport and the fact that we have maintained this upward pattern is a solid indicator of continued growth in air travel in and out of Central Nebraska.” Currently the airport is working on plans to construct a new passenger terminal building and expand the parking to address the growth. Plans are also underway to extend the runway in anticipation to attract additional popular flight destinations.
The Central Nebraska Regional Airport offers twice weekly non-stop jet service to Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix-Mesa, AZ on Allegiant and daily non-stop jet service to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and beyond on American Eagle Airlines.