News & Events

FAA Provides $9.8 million Grant to support Construction of a New Passenger Terminal at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $9.8 million grant to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport as part of the funding for a new $14.1 million passenger terminal.

Back in July, Hausmann Construction of Lincoln was awarded the bid to construct the 33,725 sq. ft. passenger terminal building, but project was contingent upon federal funding.

“I am pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration is providing the additional resources for this project, which will help accommodate passengers for the next 20 plus years,” said Executive Director Mike Olson. “Our congressional delegation was instrumental in helping us secure $7.5 million of additional funding for this project.”

 Ground breaking for the new passenger terminal will be the later part of October and project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.

The aircraft was built in 1937 and was the 21st DC-3 that American Airlines received. American ended up operating 84 DC-3s until they went out of service in 1949.  NC17334 is the oldest DC-3 still flying today.  The DC-3 was purchased by the Flagship Detroit Foundation in August 2004 and was restored.  Today it is flown around the country to remind people of the history of flying.  And it was HERE at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on August 21, 2014!

Fish Fry at Afternooner's

Friday, September 5th  4-8 pm




A Lockheed Electra 12A Jr. stopped at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on August 1, 2014.   Amelia Earhart flew a Lockheed Electra 10E.

Grand Island Now has a TSA Pre✓™ This allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited, more efficient security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints. Enrollment Center is located at 620 N Diers Ave Ste 300.  Hours Mon-Thur 9-12 & 1-4.  For more information go to TSA and click on TSA Pre✓™



Folks from the Country House Residences out to watch the airplanes land at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Cruise Night at the Airport 

May 28th was the first "Cruise Night at the Airport" and the event attracted a great assortment of classic cars, trucks and bikes over 60 in all.

Dash plaques were provided and Afternooner's awarded $25 gift certificates for Best - Paint, Engine, Show, Interior, Bike and Ugliest News Vehicle. For more pictures go to the Photo Gallery.

Next Cruise Night at the Airport is August 20th. 

2014 Airport Blood Drive Huge Success!  A Big Thank You to all who participated in the Airport's Blood Drive that was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Because of YOU 18 pints were collected!  All participants enjoyed cookies donated by Eileen's Cookies plus a Sack Lunch (Sandwich, Chips, and a Drink) donated by Afternooner's and the Hall County Airport Authority.

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport was chosen as "2013 Airport of the Year"! Ronnie Mitchell, Director of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautic, presented the award to Annette Schimmer, HR/Accounting Manager from the Hall County Airport Authority during the Nebraska Aviation banquet held January 23, 2014 in Kearney, NE. This is the 5th time in 8 years the Central Nebraska Regional Airport has been selected as Airport of the Year.

In 2013 the Central Nebraska Regional Airport set All-Time Boarding Records with 56,902 Boarding's!  The month of December set another record with 6,162 boarding's compared to 6,061 in 2012