Passenger counts are up substantially at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
Total ridership last year was up four-and-a-half percent compared to 2012, an increase of more than 6,000 passengers. The spike was especially pronounced in December, where ridership was up 34% over December of 2012. The airport added direct service to Orlando-Sanford Airport in November.
Airport officials say passenger growth is a key factor used by airlines as they evaluate whether to keep… or expand… service in a market.