Gourmet coffee is coming to our airport. The Springfield based Heroes Coffee Company will open an airport store in early February.
We already have two restaurants, two news and retail stores, and a full service bar. Gourmet coffee was the missing link — it has certainly been the most mentioned "want" by airport customers.
The Heroes beverage menu will include gourmet coffee, espresso, fruit smoothies, Italian sodas, and root beer on tap from Springfield Brewing Company. Food items will include custard bars from Andy’s Frozen Custard, baked goods from Brown Egg Café, and chocolate from Askinosie Chocolate.
While airport customers enjoy their gourmet coffee they can surf the Internet using the airport’s new and vastly improved Wi-Fi system.
Wi-Fi allows computer users to connect to the Internet wirelessly. The Springfield airport began offering the service for free in 2003. We were one of the first airports in the country to do so.
Back then the only people using the Wi-Fi were people with bulky laptop computers. And their numbers were few. Today it’s completely different. It’s not unusual to have a couple of hundred people connected. A few still use laptops, but the majority use tablets and smart phones. We see whole families who are wired — mom and dad with iPads; kids with iPhones and iPods. The old Wi-Fi system couldn’t keep up.
The new Wi-Fi keeps up with demand and can even regulate usage. Suppose someone is hogging the connection by downloading huge files. When that happens it can slow down everyone else’s connection. Our new Wi-Fi identifies connection hogs and cuts them back. That way everyone is assured a good connection.