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.

General Aviation Expansion Ribbon Cutting

The Springfield airport cuts the ceremonial ribbon for its general aviation redevelopment project on Friday, March 20. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

The expansion project redeveloped about 12 acres of airport property and made it “development ready” for new general aviation airplane hangars. The general aviation complex (GA for short) is that part of the airport which caters to business/corporate aircraft.

May Passenger Numbers Up 15%

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.

Airport Ready to Begin General Aviation Expansion

The Springfield airport will soon begin a redevelopment project that could help bring new businesses to the metro area. The airport’s governing board cleared the way for the project this morning by awarding the construction contract to general contractor Hartman and Company, Inc. Work should begin in mid-April.

The project will redevelop and expand the airport’s general aviation complex by making 12 acres of airport property ready for new airplane hangars. The general aviation complex (GA for short) is that part of the airport which caters to business/corporate aircraft.