Flight Blog

Jul 30 2020 Protect Yourself and Others; Mask Up! BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, research increasingly favors both individual mask-wearing and policies requiring universal masking. It suggests that masks not only help stop the spread of the coronavirus — by preventing the spread of virus-containing droplets that people spit out when they talk, sing, laugh, cough, sneeze, and so on — but that policies requiring masks work to significantly slow community transmission.

Masks are now required by city ordinance within Springfield, including within the airport, and required or highly recommended by the airlines at our facility. So before you make your way out of the house for groceries, socially-distant events, or air travel, you’ll want to procure a mask and keep the following tips in mind.

To maximize effectiveness and meet city guidelines, your mask must cover both the nose and the mouth. It should cover the bridge of your nose to under your chin and stretch about halfway or more toward your ears with no gaps.

To keep glasses clear, try a mask with a metal piece to shape around the nose, using medical tape to secure the top of the mask, or trying an anti-fog treatment for your lenses.

To beat the heat, choose a breathable material like cotton, keep your mask as dry as possible, skip makeup underneath the mask, and bring a spare just in case you need to swap a damp, hot mask for a fresh, cool one.

Wash fabric masks with soap and hot water. Keep a few handy so only have to wash them once a week. It can also help to have a few in fun colors as well as neutrals and think of them as accessories- protective, functional accessories.

Studies do emphasize that masks don’t fully replace the need for other precautions against Covid-19. So even with a mask, everyone should continue to wash their hands, keep 6 feet from others, and avoid large gatherings, particularly indoors. The airport is continuing to encourage social distancing and frequent handwashing, in addition to mandatory masks. 

If you find yourself in need of air travel during the pandemic, the Springfield-Branson National Airport will be here, doing our best to help you travel safely. 

 

 


Jul 16 2020 Local Art on Display: The Sky Gallery at SGF BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

The Springfield-Branson National Airport is full of pleasant surprises, from our beautiful terminal’s wide open, well-lit spaces to the architectural theme of the building, which pays homage to Southwest Missouri’s natural beauty by representing our waterways, geology, and landscapes. We also highlight the area’s man-made beauty via the Sky Gallery, a gallery space for local artists to showcase their work in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC). 

The Sky Gallery display areas include two seating alcoves, the northeast lobby wall, and the ArtPort- a freestanding installation designed and built by Drury University architecture students.

 

 

 

 

Sky Gallery exhibits generally rotate quarterly and consist of works by artists from the SRAC’s member registry, students and faculty of our local colleges, universities, and public schools, and occasionally national organizations and interest groups.

Artists seeking consideration for the Sky Gallery should become a member of the SRAC and their Artist Registry. The SRAC sends out a press release that includes Sky Gallery exhibition and reception dates as a weekly email blast to over 700 subscribers. Visit the SRAC website to register.

Anyone interested in purchasing art may contact the SRAC. The airport doesn’t participate in the sale of artwork, and all monetary transactions related to the Sky Gallery are handled by the SRAC, a non-profit organization. Those interested in purchasing artwork should contact SRAC at Info@SpringfieldArts.org or 417-862-2787.

At this time, many of our usual travelers are choosing to forego air travel while we all do our part to cease the spread of COVID 19. Luckily, the work featured in our Sky Gallery can be enjoyed without even leaving your home! A selection of each artist’s work is featured on our website for the duration of each exhibit. Visit our ”Art at the Airport” page to see featured pieces from our current show. 

 

 


Jul 02 2020 Summer Travel Expectations: Then and Now BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

 

Last year, more than 250 million passengers traveled on US airlines throughout the summer. Parking lots were full, wait times were substantially longer, and everyone needed a little extra time to avoid missing their flight. This year, airports look different, due to everyone doing their best to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Although wait times and parking lots are less of a hassle this year, there are still several important things to keep in mind if you’re preparing to fly this summer.

Arriving Early
Last summer, due to the volume of travelers, wait times to get through the ticket counter and security were longer than usual. This year, the airport has less traffic coming through, but social distancing and precautions taken in the TSA area can still cause a slower processing time through security. While we normally recommend arriving at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave, we understand that being in the airport that long isn’t appealing during a pandemic. We still suggest arriving at least one hour before your flight is scheduled to leave, and earlier than that if several flights are scheduled at the same time as yours.

Getting through the Security Checkpoint
We always recommend that travelers speed up the line at the security checkpoint by having their ID out and ready to show, placing all food in the conveyor bins for inspection, using travel-size containers for liquids and placing them all in one quart-sized bag for inspection, and removing all electronic devices from carry-on bags and placing them in the conveyor bins for visual inspection. This summer, we’d also like to remind travelers to maintain six feet of distance from others during the screening, and to move from the scanning area to a separate table to put things away after the screening. 

Planning Ahead
To minimize the time you spend going through the security checkpoint, apply for TSA PreCheck from the Transportation Security Administration. Flyers that are PreCheck approved do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets when going through the security checkpoint. More information here: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck. If you don’t have to check a bag, you can even bypass the ticket counter entirely as well by checking into your flight on your airline’s website, or mobile phone app. These tips will not only save you time, they’ll also limit your interpersonal interactions and aid in minimizing the risk of contributing to the spread of coronavirus. Be sure to remember your mask as well; their use is required by airlines, and recommended while within the airport.

Traveling this summer looks and feels different than usual, but there’s no reason it has to be more of a hassle. With good preparation and planning, your necessary summer travel plans via Springfield-Branson National Airport can be easily accomplished. We thank you for utilizing our airport to get where you have to go this summer, and we look forward to continuing to serve as your connection to the world of travel in the future.