Our post “You Wanna Fly Where?!” generated good questions. The best way to start answering them is to begin with the paragraph that ended the last post:
“When an airline considers adding service from a small market, such as Springfield, to a big hub, it’s not asking how many people want to fly from Springfield to that hub airport. It’s asking how many people it can connect beyond the hub, and how much revenue will those connecting customers generate?”
It’s the question we’re asked all the time …
“Does the airport have non-stop flights to __________ ?!
You can fill in that blank with the destination of your choice. I keep a list. There’s Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Flagstaff, Hartford, Centralia, Illinois; Muncie, Eau Claire, the list goes on and on…
2014 was the fourth busiest year in the 69-year history of our airport. The total passenger count for the year: 846,324. That’s a 12% increase in passengers when compared to the year before.
Not only was 2014 one of the airport’s best years, it’s the best year we've had since the beginning of the recession. And it’s a strong indication that the local and national economies are improving.
The number of people using the Springfield airport has been up since the first of year, but as the year progresses it’s becoming increasingly clear that the growth is not limited to Springfield. Other airports, approximately our size, are also seeing double digit growth.
It's worth mentioning because all of us have a tendency to view things from a local perspective. Even in today’s wired age it’s sometimes easy to forget that what happens in Southwest Missouri is tied to happenings across the nation, and the globe. Such is the case with airport passenger numbers.
We’ve got an interesting air fare war going on in Springfield . We haven’t seen this sort of thing since before the recession.
Here’s what’s going on — bear with me ... this gets complicated!
Right now both United and American are matching round trip fares between Springfield and Atlanta for $404.
The post Labor Day season begins with an event of some note at our airport: a legacy airline will bring big jet service back to Springfield: barring a schedule change Delta will bring a Boeing 717 here Tuesday evening about 7:45.
The event is noteworthy because it likely marks the beginning of the end of regional jet service in Springfield.
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.
Lots of good news to share today ... let's begin with the Boeing 717.
Delta Air Lines begins Boeing 717 service here on September 2. The plane will serve the Springfield-Atlanta route. Right now we have five daily Atlanta flights on 50-seat regional jets. In September a 717 will serve one of those flights. That means four Atlanta flights a day on 50-seaters, and one on a 717, which has 110 seats.