News & Events

Construction workers at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport were treated today (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.




Ageless Aviation at Central Nebraska Regional Airport May 21, 2015

Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to the Central Nebraska Regiona Airport (GRI) on July 13-15, 2015!

The public will be able to explore Vintage WWII aircraft inside and out as well as experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft.

Three of the most famous World War II vintage aircraft -the North American P-51 Mustang, the Boeing the B-17 Flying Fortress, and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator will arrive will arrive at the airport 12 p.m. on July 13th and will be on display until 5 p.m.  On July 14th hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 15th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger, and discounted rates are available for school groups.  WWII veterans can tour at no cost.  Bomber flights are $450 per person. For Reservations call (800) 568-8924.

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit education foundation devoted to telling the story of these rare WWII aircraft by touging the nation.  Local veterans and their families are encouraged to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public.

News Release

The Collings Foundation

North American P-51

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Consolidated B-24 Liberator


2013 Wings of Freedom Tour at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport

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✓™



2015 Cruise Night at the Airport!

Next car show is August 19th.  Cruise on out for a night of fun!  Bring your lawn chair, sit and relax. Free fun for the entire family.

Afternooner's Gift Certificates for BEST - Show, Interior, Engine, Paint and Bike.

Cruise on over to Afternooners for their Chicken Fried Steak Special and a Drink for only $9.99!




October 30, 2014 a Ground Breaking ceremony for the new Passenger Terminal was held at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.  About 70 dignitaries and community leaders gathered to break ground for the 33,750 sq. ft. terminal that will cost $14.1 million.  Over $10.8 million in federal grants have been received to fund this project. The new terminal will have amenities such as a covered walkway along the entrance, and a jet bridge connecting the terminal to the planes.  Mead & Hunt designed the terminal to include colors and themes from the Platte River, island sandbars, and Central Nebraska vegetation and wildlife. Hausmann Construction of Lincoln was awarded the bid to construct the new passenger terminal and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.


On October 1, 2014, Korean War veterans and their escorts deplane at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport after returning from a Korean War Hero Flight.  Over 80 veterans went on the trip to Washington, D.C.  The welcoming ceremony included the Northwest High School band, soldiers from the Army Aviation Support Facility and members of the Grand Island Senior High Air Force Junior ROTC. The Central Nebraska Regional Airport fire trucks staged a cannon shoot with the American flag from the Grand Island Fire Department displayed in the background.  The Veterans were touched by the homecoming tribute, something they did not receive after returning from the war.   For more photos click on Photo Gallery.