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Mar 10 2020 12 Things to See This Spring BY sgf-adminTAGS



There are lots of cost-effective activities to enjoy at each of the 12 non-stop destinations served by the Springfield Airport. Here are 12 favorites.

AtlantaAtlanta History Center. Great fun awaits at this center that covers more than 33 acres. You’ll find award-winning exhibits, memorabilia from the 1996 Olympic Games, and the historic Swan House. 

CharlotteNASCAR Hall of Fame. Not just for racecar lovers, this Hall of Fame is filled with high-tech exhibits, racing simulators, and a 278-seat theatre where you can learn more about NASCAR’s 60-year history. 

ChicagoMillennium Park. Located in the Loop, just south of downtown, Millennium Park offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, and is home to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dallas/Fort WorthDealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum. The site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its Sixth Floor Museum offer a unique perspective on a moment that changed American history. 

Denver: RiNo and Santa Fe Arts District. Popular street artists have turned Denver streets into literal canvases of color, especially in these two neighborhoods. Perfect for an afternoon of exploring at your leisure.

Fort Walton Beach: Air Force Armament Museum. The only museum in the world dedicated to artifacts associated with Air Force Armament- including more than 29 different aircraft, dating from WWII to the present.

Houston: Space Center Houston. Home to more than 400 artifacts and traveling exhibits- all devoted to American space flight programs. It's also home to NASA's Mission Control and astronaut training center. 

Las VegasFlamingo Wildlife Habitat. Located on the grounds of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and filled with exotic birds, fish, and turtles. Two brown pelicans joined in 2012 after being rescued. 

Los AngelesOlvera Street. A protected historic area called The Pueblo, this oldest continuous neighborhood in L.A. offers a variety of musicians, food carts, and vendors selling traditional pottery, leather goods, and more. 

OrlandoEast End Market. This neighborhood market is located in the Audubon Park Garden District. It’s filled with food, artisans, and chefs, complete with a demonstration kitchen and retail shops. 

PhoenixThe Desert Botanical Garden. Learn more about desert flora at the gardens. The Desert Botanical Garden covers 140 acres and has more than 50,000 plants on display, with exhibits organized year-round. 

TampaThe Tampa Riverwalk. This winding walk along the Hillsborough River offers a scenic view of the city, especially at night. Along the way, you’ll find local artists, scenic parks, and fantastic restaurants. 

We’re proud to be your connection to the world of travel. When traveling to any of our 12 non-stop destinations, make some time to enjoy and explore the local culture. It’s time well-spent. 



Feb 24 2020 Planning Your Summer Vacation BY sgf-adminTAGS



It may be winter now, but it’s never too early to start vacation-planning! Follow these tips to plan the vacation of your family’s dreams.

Think Big Picture. If you find planning the perfect vacation to be overwhelming, start by focusing on the experiences you most want to have. Nail down the big picture and the details will fall into place. 

DIY. For some, planning is part of the fun. Use sites like Frommer’s Travel GuideTrip Advisor or Virtual Tourist to make your own in-depth plan; and check out our earlier blogs for tips on travel destinations like Los AngelesChicago, and Denver.

Family Resort. If your trip includes your parents, siblings, and/or kids, consider a family-friendly resort. In addition to lodging and food, they often include activities of interest to different age groups, giving you breaks from togetherness. Good Housekeeping has an excellent list of options. 

All-Inclusive. Want everything in one location? An all-inclusive resort could be the solution. Accommodations, meals, massages, boating excursions and sometimes even adult beverages are included in one price. Many all-inclusive resorts offer entertainment, day tours, dances and other festivities. Check out the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean from U.S. News & World Report

Travel Agent. No idea where to start? Call a professional. Travel agents can help uncover exactly what you’re looking for and handle the planning as well. They’re extremely helpful if it’s your first time traveling outside the U.S. or if you’re simply unfamiliar with your destination. Travel & Leisure offers 7 tips for finding the best agent. 

No matter what kind of experience you seek, the Springfield Airport can get you there with 12 non-stop destinations. We’re your connection to the world of travel. 


Feb 19 2020 Statement on the Passing of Dr. Robert Spence BY sgf-adminTAGS


The Springfield airport community extends condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Robert Spence.

He served on the airport’s governing board twice: first from 2005 to 2010, then from 2017, until his passing.

Our airport owes him much. His servant leadership helped the airport meet some of its biggest challenges, including the construction of the midfield passenger terminal during the Great Recession.

The airport broke ground for the $117 million terminal during Dr. Spence’s first board term. During construction he served as chairman of the board’s technical committee, then as chairman of the board.

Building projects always require changes to plans and spending during construction. The job of the technical committee was to oversee the changes — a tough job during the best of times, but especially so during a recession. With economic anxiety and uncertainty hanging in the air, Dr. Spence kept a level head.

His presence often calmed frayed nerves; his clarity of thought could silence the loudest room. He was kind, honest, and thoughtful. Yet, when appropriate, he could speak forcefully to an architect or contractor about complex construction issues, while still maintaining civility and respect.

Whether from a pulpit, a governing board, or the highest university office, he gave all of us his wisdom, decency, and friendship. He served us honorably, without fanfare or vanity. In doing so, he became part of the mortar which binds our community together.

2006: Dr. Robert Spence, first person on the right, at the ground breaking ceremony for the airport's midfield terminal.