2017 Record Year for Springfield Airport

2017 was the busiest year in the history of the Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), with a record 993,129 total passengers. That’s up 4.2% from last year, and up 35.7% since 2011.

Ed Brady, chairman of the airport board of directors, says “Without our customers, and their decision to fly from Springfield, none of this would be possible. I want to thank everyone for supporting our local airport.”

Big Changes Coming to Airport in 2018

The new year brings significant changes at the Springfield airport — all of them designed to improve customer service.

With yearly passenger numbers expected to soon reach 1-million per year, improvements include expanding and remodeling the restaurant in the gate area, adding charging stations, and upgrading the free Wi-Fi. These are the first major improvements to the airline terminal since it opened in 2009.

Hello Mamas!

The Springfield airport wants to make travel more comfortable for nursing moms. That’s why it now has its first nursing suite. It’s a place where moms can nurse, or pump breast milk.

The stand-alone suite is the first of its kind it SW Missouri, and part of a recent and growing trend at airports across the country. The Springfield airport has offered family bathrooms for several years. While they are large and private, mothers have rightly pointed out that a bathroom is not an appropriate place for feeding and expressing.

Another Record Year for Springfield Airport

For the second year in a row a record number of people used the airport — more than 950,000. That’s up 4.3% from 2015, which was the previous record year.

“2016 was the fifth year in a row that passenger numbers grew at our airport,” says Tom Babik, chairman of the airport board of directors. “This kind of growth reflects the strength of the Southwest Missouri economy. When our economy is strong and growing more people fly. Our board and airport team wish to thank everyone who decided to fly from Springfield.”

More People Than Ever Flying from Springfield

2015 was a record year at the Springfield airport — the total passenger count was 919,044. It smashes the old record set in 2005 of 888,738, and is a 9% increase over 2014 passenger numbers.

“Over 70,000 more passengers used the Springfield airport last year than in 2014,” says Brian Weiler, airport director of aviation. “This level of passenger growth is very good news and a strong indicator of a much improved local economy.”

2015 was marked not only by a record number of passengers, but also by several air service improvements.