Flight Blog

 

You’ve done it again. 2019 was another record-breaking year for our airport! The total passenger count for the year was 1,187,068. That’s up 10.4% over the year before. Thank you for flying Springfield!

And not to overwhelm you with numbers, but 2019 marked our eighth consecutive year of growth — between 2011 and 2019 our passenger numbers grew a sizzling 62%. Wow!

Why such strong growth? It boils down to a good local economy. When the economy is strong folks have more expendable income. That means more people fly.

Airlines have noticed our growth. Last year they increased capacity at our airport by 8%. What does that mean? It means they increased the numbers of airplane seats they had for sale in Springfield. They wouldn’t do that if they weren’t confident they could sell them.

Those of you who fly from SGF on a regular basis know that growth brings growing pains. Especially when it comes to parking. Construction is nearly complete on a new parking lot. It has approximately 750 parking spots and will be ready for the spring break crowds.

Parking improvements for 2020 include construction of a covered pedestrian walkway, and the addition of electric vehicle charging stations.

And finally …

When airlines see growth like ours it makes it a bit easier to convince them to add non-stop destinations. Now don’t get us wrong. We are not suggesting that airlines will now automatically start adding destinations from Springfield. What we are saying is that strong growth makes it easier for the airport to build a business case for more destinations. The business case is all that matters to an airline — it must to be convinced that people will fly to a new destination, in sufficient numbers, to make the route a money maker. Hopefully, in the next year or two, the airlines will have some new destinations to announce.

So, bottom line, keep flying Springfield!

 


Jan 13 2020 A Quick Pre-Travel Checklist BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

Plans are made, bags are packed, and alarms are set! Before leaving for the Springfield-Branson National Airport, here are some time-saving tips: 

Check in from home. Don’t wait to get to the airport unless you have special travel needs that require a discussion with the agent. Online check-ins can be done 24 hours before departure at any of the regularly available airlines at SGF.

American Airlines       |        Allegiant       |        Delta       |        United
 

Review your checked and carry-on luggage to ensure it’s within airline guidelines. Weigh bags and decide up-front if you’d rather pay extra luggage fees or remove non-essential items. Need packing tips? See our Holiday Packing Guide here. They’re solid recommendations year-round. 

Get essential travel documents organized ahead of time: itinerary, car rental, hotel confirmations and driver’s license/passport. Store these in an easy-access area, like the front pocket of your carry-on or personal item. Finally, visit the Springfield-Branson website to check your flight status for any changes. 

Now that you’ve checked off everything on your list, you can get to the airport, catch your flight, and sit back and enjoy your trip on one of the 12 non-stop flights offered by the Springfield-Branson National Airport—your connection to the world of travel.


Dec 23 2019 Denver Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

Denver is just one of 12 non-stop destinations available through the Springfield-Branson Airport. 

At 5,280 feet above sea level, the Mile-High City actually has more sunny days than San Diego. It’s an exciting destination for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. That’s not to say the weather is always moderate; just like the Ozarks, Denver temperatures can vary greatly. 

It’s a good idea to layer clothing to prepare for the difference higher altitudes can make. Normal activities might seem more strenuous, so take regular breaks throughout each activity. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen as well! Because of the elevation you’ll need it more than ever, especially if there’s snow. 

 

Adventure Options:

For some serious Colorado beauty, visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. It’s 15,000 acres of prairie, filled with buffalo and other wildlife, with ten miles of hiking trails. 

Denver has more than 40 family friendly museums

Video games and local brews your thing? Check out 1UP in LoDo for some old-school Super Mario and Dig Dug fun. 

Shoppers will love the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s ultimate destination for shopping, eating and people watching. The 1.25 long mall has a free trolley system so you can easily enjoy some of its 42 different dining options. 

 

Whether skiing, shopping, or relaxing by the fireplace in a lodge, Denver is a city of mile-high enchantment. Plan your trip today. You can fly non-stop between Springfield and Denver on United Airlines.