but our mid-year report card is pretty good!
July 2016 was the busiest month in the history of the Springfield airport — the total passenger count was 98,112. That’s up 4.6% from the previous record month, which was July of last year.
Overall, for the first seven months of this year, total passenger numbers are up 1.6%. If growth continues until the end of the year, 2016 will be the best year in the airport’s history.
Our previous record year was just last year. Setting consecutive records like this is a bit unusual, but not unheard of. And while we hate to overwhelm you with numbers, today’s good news is all about numbers — here’s some more —
Let’s talk airplane fuel sales — July was the best month for fuel sales in ten years: 740,105 gallons.
How about take offs and landings? It sounds silly, but we do count them. It’s a good indicator of how the aviation industry is doing in general. In June the total number of take offs and landings was the best it’s been in five years: 4,830.
In July the total number of scheduled airline flights was up 18% compared to the same month last year. That’s 847 this July vs. 717 last July.
The total number of available airline seats was up 13% in July — we’ve got more numbers, but we’d better stop now …
So, what’s it all mean? Why should you care?!
The numbers mentioned here are, in a very real sense, economic indicators. And they tell us that the local economy is doing REALLY well — more people fly when the economy is strong. A good economy affects all of us — for the better.
More people flying also means that airlines pay more attention to us. When they see strong growth in an air market they’re more willing to add non-stop destinations, or bigger airplanes. The proof is in the pudding: all of our airlines (Allegiant, American, Delta and United) are bringing bigger planes to Springfield. In December, American added non-stop service to Charlotte.
So there you have it. Please forgive us for throwing all those numbers around. It’s just that so much of the news we hear these days is bad — we thought it would nice to share some good.