Last update: March 29, 2020, 9:40 am CDT
This page is updated as needed.
The airport is open and fully operational. We will remain open as an essential service.
This airport, and airports in general, are a critical and essential resource for the country. We provide for those who need to travel, for healthcare, for the military, for business, and for the shipment of cargo.
STATUS OF CARGO AND GENERAL AVIATION
Cargo flights are running normally.
The general aviation (GA) terminal is open; flights are greatly reduced. All GA ground services are available.
American Airlines has suspended flights between Springfield and Charlotte.
Airline flight reductions are occurring at airports across the country and fewer people are flying. Nationally, the number of people flying is down about 90 percent compared to this time last year. We’re seeing the same sort of reductions in Springfield.
Airlines are maintaining flight schedules in Springfield, but they’re starting to make more day of departure cancellations in an effort to consolidate passengers onto fewer flights instead of operating full flight schedules with few people on board.
Bottom line: if you must fly we recommend checking your fight’s status often. The very best way to do that is to sign up for text alerts from your airline. Airline contact information can be found here.
AIRLINE SECURITY CHECKPOINT STATUS
The security checkpoint is open.
The Department of Homeland Security has officially announced that the deadline for having a REAL ID has been pushed back from October 1 of this year, to October 1, 2021.
On another topic, TSA says that until further notice, "passengers may bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 oz in their carry-on bags. Allow time for these larger containers to be screened separately. Other liquids, gels and aerosols are still limited to 3.4 oz."
TSA staff is routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the security checkpoint. TSA staff are encouraged to wash their hands after cleaning and after removing their gloves.
TSA is also taking additional efforts to clean bins, but most importantly, travelers are encouraged to follow Center for Disease Control guidelines and wash their hands before and after completing the security screening process. Travelers should place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in their carry-on property to be screened through the X-ray system.
AIRLINE TERMINAL STATUS
One restaurant is open with reduced seating and staff. It’s exempt from city of Springfield closure requirements. Vending machines are available both before and after the security checkpoint.
Airport custodial staff is putting special emphasis on increasing the amount of cleaning done in common areas, such as restrooms, and seating areas.
We encourage everyone to practice good personal hygiene and to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control:
- Don't fly if you're sick!
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.