Flight Blog

 

Chances are you don’t have an urge to fly. That’s understandable. But if you do need to fly, you should know that airports are open and airlines are flying. And both are doing everything they can to make air travel as safe and clean as possible.

GETTING THERE

When it comes to non-top destinations, our airport has fared well during the pandemic. The airlines have maintained non-stop service from Springfield to 12 destinations, with the exception of Houston, which is scheduled to return in late September. Bottom line: it’s easy to fly within the continental United States. Travel to Hawaii, Alaska, and most foreign countries is trickier due to travel restrictions and fewer overseas flights. Do your research before buying tickets.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AIRPORT

The most noticeable change at our airport: smaller crowds. Passenger numbers are down about 50% compared to this time last year. On average planes have more empty seats. But the most important changes begin at the terminal’s front door …

Everyone entering the terminal must wear a mask. Additionally, all airlines require masks onboard the airplane. No mask, no fly.

Check out this USA Today summary of airline mask policies.

Inside the terminal custodians are busy cleaning surfaces that people touch: counter tops, doors handles, rest rooms. Furniture is wiped down several times a day. Hand sanitizing stations are located at strategic locations throughout terminal.

At the security check point TSA staff wear masks, rubber gloves, and face shields. Gray bins are cleaned after every use.

Counters have sneeze guards. Social distance stickers mark the floor. Airlines deep clean aircraft every day.

At times, our terminal smells hospital clean. This effort is not unique to Springfield — it’s going on at airports across the country.

All of us look forward to welcoming you back — when you’re ready.
 


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.