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.

 

Allegiant recently flew its 500,000th customer from our airport. The half-a-million milestone was reached in May; almost exactly seven years after the low fare airline began flying from Springfield.

Allegiant began service here in April 2005 with low fare flights to Las Vegas. Flights to Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Phoenix, and Los Angeles followed.

May 23 2012 Catch-all BY admin TAGS

 

This is the Wednesday morning catch-all...

APRIL PASSENGERS NUMBERS

Our April passenger numbers are in and the news is good: they’re up 6.4 percent compared to the same month last year. For the first four months of the year passenger numbers are up 9.1%. This is good news. Keep in mind that last year we were down 8.1%. Why such an improvement? Several factors are at work…

 

For the seventh consecutive year our airport has received a “discrepancy free” safety inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airports that have scheduled airline service are inspected every year by the FAA for compliance with federal aviation safety rules.

Just one discrepancy free inspection is an accomplishment in itself, but to do it seven years in a row is a tremendous achievement. It shows that safety is part of everything we do.

Apr 19 2012 Airport Passenger Numbers Up for 1Q BY admin TAGS

 

The nation's airlines begin reporting their first quarter profits today. Good news is not expected. The price of fuel is the killer -- up approximately 30% since this time last year.

While the news looks gloomy for the airlines, things are bright and sunny here in Springfield. Our airport finished the quarter with a 10% increase in total passenger numbers. Here are the numbers for the first three months of the year: