Passenger numbers at the Springfield Airport are up — way up.
In May the total number of passengers using the airport was up 15 percent. That’s the best monthly increase since before the Great Recession.
For the first five months of the year the number of passengers using the airport was up 11.7 percent — it’s only the second time since the turn of the century that Springfield has seen a double digit increase during the five month period. The first time was in 2005 when Allegiant and Delta started Springfield service.
The increase in passengers is a classic sign of an improving local economy. The airlines see this demand and they’re responding by bringing more seats to the market. Take a look at the numbers:
TOTAL AVAILABLE SEATS IN SPRINGFIELD - MAY 2014
- Allegiant Air + 35.9%
- American Airlines + 11.1%
- Delta Air Lines + 3%
- United Airlines + 3.6%
There are two ways for an airline to bring more seats to Springfield. They can bring more flights — those are up nearly 5 percent for the year — or they can bring bigger airplanes. Allegiant has started occasional use of Boeing 757s in Springfield. Delta begins Boeing 717 service here on September 2.
PERCENT CHANGE TOTAL PASSENGER
NUMBERS JAN - MAY 2014
- January + 9.2%
- February + 13.1%
- March + 9.8%
- April + 11.4%
- May + 15%
- May 2013: 65,611 total passengers
- May 2014: 75,452 total passengers
- Jan - May 2013: 292,967 total passengers
- Jan - May 2014: 327,355 total passengers
SCHEDULED AIRLINE FLIGHTS
- Jan - May 2013: 3,105
- Jan - May 2014: 3,253