News & Events

April 17, 2014:
Public Invited to 5th Annual State of the Airport Presentation
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This Thursday, April 24, the airport will present the fifth annual State of the Airport presentation at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Airport Director Brian Weiler will discuss the airport’s role in the regional economy, as well as how today’s airline industry is radically different than it was before the recession and what that means for southwest Missouri.

 

The presentation will also cover the airport’s General Aviation expansion project, which will not only provide hangar-ready lots for corporately owned airplanes, but will also serve as a new front door to the Springfield region for inbound corporate decision makers.

 

Please join us:

 

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:30 pm

 

Where: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri

 

The Chamber requests that those planning to attend RSVP by contacting the Chamber at 417.862.5567.

 

 

March 20, 2014:
Airport Ready to Begin General Aviation Expansion
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The Springfield airport will soon begin a redevelopment project that could help bring new businesses to the metro area. The airport’s governing board cleared the way for the project this morning by awarding the construction contract to general contractor Hartman and Company, Inc. Work should begin in mid-April.

 

The project will redevelop and expand the airport’s general aviation complex by making 12 acres of airport property ready for new airplane hangars. The general aviation complex (GA for short) is that part of the airport which caters to business/corporate aircraft.

 

“The airport has had a shortage of GA hangar space for some time,” says Brian Weiler, airport director. “This work will make ground ready for eight new hangars by making water, gas, sewer, and electric service available, along with direct access to the airports taxiways.”

 

Once redevelopment work is done plane owners can lease hangar ready lots from the airport and then build the hangars.

 

Redevelopment funding comes courtesy of a $5 million aviation grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The airport will provide $565,563, making the total cost of the project approximately $5.6 million.

 

From the public’s perspective general aviation is generally out of sight and mind — commercial airline service tends to get the public’s attention. But GA flying is just as vital to the region’s economy.

 

“As Springfield’s economy continues to grow, and new businesses move here, we need to insure we have development ready hangar sites for them,” says Brent Singleton, chairman of the airport’s board of directors. “The last thing we want to tell a CEO, who wants to bring jobs to Springfield, is that we don’t have a spot for their corporate aircraft.”

 

Local economic development officials agree.

 

“Just as the airlines connect our community to the outside world, general aviation is oftentimes the front door for potential investors, business decision makers and corporate executives arriving in our region,” says Gary Powell, board president of the Springfield Business Development Corporation. “Having adequate GA facilities is something business prospects often look for.”

 

“In the past five years we’ve rebuilt much of the airport,” says Weiler. Recent improvements include a new passenger terminal for the commercial airlines, taxiway and runway improvements, along with a new fire station. “Now it’s time to turn our attention to the general aviation side of the airport. Not only will this project help address the GA hangar shortage; it will also clean up the aesthetics of the GA area, presenting a more polished, professional image for the GA community.”

 

GA activity at the airport is expected to increase about two percent a year for the next twenty years.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

 

Funding

 

  • Total cost: $5,655,623.00
  • $5,090,060 of total cost is provided by a MoDOT grant from the State Aviation Trust Fund. Grant money does not come from the Missouri general fund or from MoDOT highway funding — it comes from the State Aviation Trust Fund which is funded solely by the state sales tax on aviation fuels.
  • $565,563 of total cost is provided by the airport.
  • Total value of contract awarded to Hartman Construction: $5,162,138.58.

Redevelopment Area

 

The redevelopment area is just north of the former airline terminal complex. It is currently the site of the old airport fire station and the employee parking lot for the former airline terminal. That building is now home to Expedia.

 

General Aviation Facts

 

  • The airport currently has 27 GA hangars. Collectively they can house approximately 110 aircraft
  • 109 GA aircraft are currently based at the airport.

Redevelopment Phases

 

The GA redevelopment project is divided into two phases. The first phase, which is being paid for by the MoDOT grant, will make land ready for eight hangars. If there’s enough hanger demand a second phase will make way for six more hangars. Funding for the second phase has not been secured.

January 29, 2014:
“Perspective: Three Artists” opens at the Sky Gallery
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The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and the Springfield-Branson National Airport are proud to present “Perspective: Three Artists” on display at the Sky Gallery now through Sunday, March 16, 2014. The exhibit features the work of local SRAC Artist Members Elizabeth Chapman, Penny Gordon-Chumbley, and Alan O’Neal.

 

The Sky Gallery, a collaboration between the SRAC and the Springfield-Branson National Airport, is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Located in the airport’s main terminal, its core exhibition space is the ArtPort, a freestanding installation space designed and built by Drury University architecture students. A portion of all Sky Gallery sales benefits the SRAC. Visitors may park free for up to 30 minutes in the short-term parking lots.

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Cramer, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, by phone at 417-862-2787(ARTS) or by e-mail at Stephanie at SpringfieldArts.org. You may also log on to www.SpringfieldArts.org.

November 26, 2013:
Holiday Flying Tips from the Springfield Airport
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Holiday fliers have a new way to find their way around the Springfield airport terminal: Google Maps.  The website recently made a detailed floor plan available when computer users zoom in on the building. It’s a useful tool for anyone, but it’s especially good for infrequent fliers. And during the holiday travel period airports are full of infrequent fliers.

 

The floor plan is visible on smart phones, and other mobile devices, as long as the satellite view is turned off. It’s also visible on desktop computer web browsers, as long as Google Maps is in the classic configuration, with the satellite view turned off.

 

Finding one’s way around the airport is just one of the challenges facing infrequent fliers. Here are additional tips to make sure holiday flying goes smoothly:

 

  • Get to the airport early — at least an hour-and-a-half before your flight is scheduled to leave. That’s generally plenty of time to get checked in, through security, and to the gate.
  • Check-in to your flight before you get to the airport. All Springfield airlines allow check-in on their websites, and on mobile phone apps. During the online check-in process you can print boarding passes. Checking-in this way saves time because you don’t have to stand in line at the ticket counter.
  • Don't over-pack. Take only what you absolutely need –– an overstuffed bag can slow down the security screening process. Carry-on items can be no bigger than 9" X 14" X 22" or a total of 45 linear inches.
  • For carry-on bags: liquids, aerosols and gels, are allowed in limited quantities: no more than 3.4 ounces of any one product. All products must fit into one (1) quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag.
  • Make sure all your bags have ID tags. Be sure your bags have tags on both the outside and inside.
  • Before you get to the security screening line make sure: you have a government issued photo ID if you’re 18 or older. Make sure the name on your ticket matches the name on your photo ID.
  • Don’t wrap presents. Security screeners may unwrap them for inspection.

In past years the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) required all passengers to take off shoes, jackets, sweaters, and hats. That changed several weeks ago when TSA introduced the “expedited screening” process at Springfield. It allows predetermined low risk passengers to keep those items on.

 

Don’t be alarmed if you’re picked for expedited screening. It’s a random process that means you get to go through screening with less hassle,while others go through the usual drill. If you’re selected for expedited screening, look at as a holiday gift, and a great way to start a trip!
 

November 19, 2013:
The Springfield Airport: An Economic Engine for the Region
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The annual total economic output of the Springfield airport is $402,017,000. Put another way, the airport’s economic clout accounts for 2.48% of the Springfield metro’s total economic output. *

 

“I knew the airport had a big impact on the area, but the numbers surprised me — I suspect it will surprise a lot of people,” says Brian Weiler, Springfield’s airport director. “We’re sort of hidden in the northwest part of the city, out of sight and out of mind.”

 

The economic numbers are part of a study released this week by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). The Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study concludes that Missouri’s 108 airports generated $11.1 billion in economic output in 2012. That’s 4.3% of the state’s $258 billion gross state product in 2012.

 

“In addition to airports’ status as a substantial job and payroll contributor, we found communities large and small rely on Missouri airports to spur economic growth and increase access to regional and worldwide markets,” says MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.

 

The Springfield airport’s total economic output numbers are impressive by themselves: 4,454 total jobs, with a payroll of $154,280,000. Total economic output: $402,017,000 (see table below for Missouri’s top five economic generating airports and MoDOT’s explanation).

 

“The Springfield airport is, in a very real sense, an economic hub,” says Weiler. “The list of companies doing business here is long. It includes airlines, restaurants, gift stores, air cargo companies, corporations that own their own planes, plus city and federal employees.”

 

The biggest economic generators at the airport are the online travel company Expedia, and the Missouri National Guard’s aviation repair depot. The Guard employs approximately 358 people at the airport. Expedia has nearly 1000 employees at its airport offices located in the retired airport terminal building.

 

Besides being an economic power house, the Springfield airport provides the region with access to the world economy. In the last five years the number of international round trips at the airport has increased 25%.

 

The airport’s marketing manager, Kent Boyd, says the importance of international air traffic is impossible to overstate. “We no longer live in a world dominated by North America’s economy. U. S. domestic air travel, as a percentage of world air travel, is rapidly declining. For the Springfield area to be a player in the world economy, it must have easy access to international destinations — particularly to Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe.”

 

The Springfield airport has access to all of those regions with just one connecting flight.

 

“Suppose a Chinese business man in Beijing needs to fly to Springfield to investigate a potential plant site,” says Boyd. “All he has to do is catch a United or American Airlines flight from Beijing to Chicago. From Chicago he flies straight to Springfield. That’s the kind of access a community has to have to prosper in today’s world economy. It’s an incredibly valuable resource that we can’t even begin to put a value on.”

 

When viewed from this perspective, the airport is invaluable —especially considering that it’s self-supporting. It operates without local or state tax revenues. The airport’s budget is funded by user fees, and money generated from leases and contracts with companies that do business at the airport.

 


 

* The annual economic impact of the Springfield metro, or annual Gross Metro Product (GMP), was $16.2 billion in 2012. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. GMP is defined as the value of all goods and services produced in a metropolitan area. The Springfield metro is defined as Greene, Polk, Webster, Christian, and Dallas counties.

 

Top Five Missouri Airports Measured by Economic Impact

 

AIRPORT

TOTAL JOBS

TOTAL PAYROLL

TOTAL OUTPUT (IMPACT)

 

 

 

 

  1. Kansas City International

60,786

$1,550,032,000

$5,869,520,000

 

 

 

 

  1. St. Louis-Lambert   International

24,925

$1,034,888,000

$3,716,005,000

 

 

 

 

  1. Springfield National

4,454

$154,280,000

$402,017,000

 

 

 

 

  1. St. Louis-Spirit of St. Louis

3,040

$107,552,000

$354,950,000

 

 

 

 

  1. St. Joseph

1,487

$92,284,000

$162,318,000

Source: MoDOT. Total numbers reflect both direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts. MoDOT defines direct economic output as the output “based on the employment, wages, and sales generated by on-airport business activity.”

 

Indirect economic impacts “arise from visitors arriving by aircraft and spending their money on food, hotels, entertainment, transportation, and other activities. These expenditures support additional jobs, wages, and output.”

 

Induced economic impact is “created through the “spin-off” effect of users purchasing goods and services from other local businesses and through workers spending wages and other income for household goods and services. For example, when an airport employee is paid, they user their salary to purchase local goods and services at businesses in the area, which in turn spend their revenue locally, thus generating additional economic activity in the region.”

 

October 31, 2013:
Halloween Flamingo Party Kicks Off New Service at Springfield Airport
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Allegiant begins new seasonal air service between Springfield and Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda,
Florida this Thursday evening.

 

The new flights will operate twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday evenings. The flight times make for a great weekend getaway.

 

“We are pleased to add the beaches of Southwest Florida as another affordable, convenient destination option for Springfield area residents,” says Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “Our vacation packages and non-stop service to popular vacation destinations have been very popular with residents. We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Punta Gorda and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together.”

 

Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is Allegiant’s sixth non-stop vacation destination from Springfield. The others are Los Angeles (seasonal), Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

 

“Allegiant's addition of Ft. Myers to our roster of 10 non-stop destinations is good news for the flying public,” says Brian Weiler, director of the Springfield airport. “When Allegiant entered our market eight years ago it flew to one destination—now it flies to six. This just proves that when the price is right, customers will come. Allegiant is definitely Springfield's low-fare leader.”

 

The evening of the inaugural flight the Springfield airport will throw a tropical flamingo party complete with tropical décor and a flock of local flamingos (dozens of pink lawn flamingos are expected to attend!). All departing passengers get a bendable flamingo figure, sunscreen, plus the option of munching down on flamingo cake.

 

In case you haven’t heard about the airport’s flamingo flock, you can catch up on the airport’s facebook, on.fb.me/HduJnQ, or on its Twitter feed: bit.ly/1f1E6TD.

 

If social media isn’t your thing, try here: http://www.flyspringfield.com/trick

August 26, 2013:
SGF to Host American Watercolor Exhibit
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"Boatyard" Frank WebbThe Springfield-Branson National Airport’s Sky Gallery is honored to be one of five galleries to host the 146th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society (AWS). The exhibit opens on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and will remain on display through Sunday, November 3, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public 24 hours a day.

 

The AWS Annual International Exhibition is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world. Nearly 1,100 artists from across the United States and 12 foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from signature members of the AWS. Jurors selected 148 paintings for the exhibition, 40 of which were chosen to tour museums and galleries across the country during the next year. For the schedule of the Traveling Exhibition and to see images of the prize-winning entries, visit www.americanwatercolorsociety.org

 

Located within the airport, the Springfield-Branson National Airport’s Sky Gallery is a collaboration between the Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The gallery’s core exhibition space is the ArtPort, a freestanding installation space built and designed by Drury University architecture students. In addition to the ArtPort, Sky Gallery includes two seating alcoves and large-scale two-dimensional work on the southeast and northeast lobby walls.

 

The Springfield-Branson National Airport is located at 2300 N. Airport Boulevard, Springfield, MO 65802.

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Cramer, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, by phone at 417-862-2787(ARTS) or by e-mail at stephanie at springfieldarts.org. You may also log on to www.SpringfieldArts.org.

July 30, 2013:
This Winter Get Away from It All!
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Image of Pinkley Flamingo

This winter, when it's snowy and gloomy outside, you'll have three great Florida destinations to fly to on Allegiant Air: Tampa, Orlando, and beginning October 31, Punta Gorda (which is about a snowball's throw north of Ft. Myers).

 

With this addition Allegiant now provides the Springfield airport with low fare,  non-stop service to six destinations: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Orlando, Tampa, and now, Punta Gorda.Allegiant logo

 

The new flights will operate twice weekly on a seasonal basis, beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, through April 2014. Travelers can take advantage of everyday low fares and save even more when they book air, hotel, car and even activity and attraction reservations together. Flight days and times can be found at www.allegiant.com.

 

Allegiant will introduce the new service with fares as low as $89.99 one-way. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 6, 2013, for travel by Feb. 11, 2014.

July 24, 2013:
Help Us Raise Money for United Way of the Ozarks
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Allegiant Airlines will host a charity dodgeball tournament in Springfield to benefit United Way of the Ozarks.

 

The “Dodge High Fares” dodgeball tournament is Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fieldhouse Sportscenter, 2235 W. Kingsley, Springfield. The public is encouraged to form a team, sign up, and benefit this worthy cause.

 

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Allegiant Airlines and the Springfield airport on the Dodge High Fares Dodge Ball tournament.  It will be great to bring people together to have fun, learn more about United Way and raise funds for community programs and initiatives that get good things done for people,” says Jennifer Kennally, CEO/President of United Way of the Ozarks.  “Many thanks to Allegiant and the airport for selecting United Way as their partner for this tournament.”

 

The cost of playing in the tournament is $100 per team with all proceeds going to United Way. A team consists of 6-10 players; all players must be at least 18 years old. All teams are co-ed (a minimum of two females or males per team).

 

Those wanting to sign-up a team can do so at:  www.dodgehighfares.com. The tournament will be officiated by the National Dodgeball Association.

 

Allegiant provides low cost service from the Springfield airport to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa/St. Pete.

April 24, 2013:
4th Annual State of the Airport Presentation
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The years since the beginning of the Great Recession have been difficult times for airlines and airports alike. Now, however, there are clear signs that the worst is over and that the industry has stabilized. Reviewing the new airline landscape will be one of the topics at this year’s State of the Airport presentation.

 

The newfound airline stability comes with big changes — the most notable being fewer airlines, and a much smaller supply of airline seats.

 

For customers it means crowded airplanes and higher fares — for the airport it means making sure we’re providing both customers and the airlines with great value.

 

Please join us for the 4th annual State of the Airport:

 

What: State of the Airport Presentation
When: Thursday, April 25, 3:30 pm
Where: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri
 

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