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Central Nebraska Regional Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Central Nebraska Regional Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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GRI Airport Overview

central nebraska airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Grand Island’s Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

What to expect

Central Nebraska Regional Airport (code: GRI) consists of a small, recently built terminal with eateries on both sides of security. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

Sleeping at this airport overnight is not possible, since it is closed at night.  For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

The terminal includes dedicated shelters for protection from tornadoes.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Central Nebraska Regional Airport does not appeal to you, the nearest hotels are:

  • Days Inn by Wyndham Grand Island – (9 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Grand Island Travelodge – (11 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Grand Island Inn & Suites – (13 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 6:00AM to 10:00PM (subject to availability). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Central Nebraska Regional Airport. Connect to “Airport-Public-Wi-Fi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: near the Allegiant Air ticketing counter.

Baby Care Facilities – There are family restrooms available both Landside and Airside.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? There are water fountains available both Landside and Airside.

Food & Drinks – Afternooner’s Cafe is your landside dining option, while Afternooner’s Restaurant & Lounge is located airside. Both locations are open Monday – Friday from 11:00AM and stay open to accomodate all flight departures. Weekends both restaurants open for the 1st American Airlines outbound flight and close when the last flight for the day has departed. Vending machines are available landside in the Baggage Claim area, and airside by the gates.

Information Desk – Available in the main hall. It is not known if this is a manned desk.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the airport. There is a designated smoking area outside of the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 2 hours prior to departure of first flight of the day, and closes 45 minutes after the last flight arrival of the day.


Central Nebraska Regional airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Hertz and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Grand Island Inn & Suites   •   Hotel Grand Conference Center   •   Travelodge Grand Island.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.