Jul 28 2009 Airport Has Second Best Month in History BY sgf-admin TAGS


June 2009 was the second busiest month in the history of our airport.  The total passenger count: 85,976. Our number one month was June of 2005: 88,024.


June’s numbers were up ten percent over the same month last year. It marks the fourth consecutive month of growth and comes at a time of declining passenger numbers across the country. The only other major nearby airport experiencing growth is the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. It reported its June numbers up 3.9 percent. Passenger numbers were down at the airports in Tulsa, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Jun 12 2009 Impact of Branson Airport BY sgf-admin TAGS


Steve blogs with these thoughts on our airport's fantastic passenger numbers in May:


..."do you seriously believe that your new terminal, advertising campaign and lower fares by the airlines to fill seats, maybe this one a little, had anything to do with your increase. You know exactly what did it. Competition from the Branson Airport and their low fares are driving down your prices in the region. Why don’t you just admit that? The opening of the Branson Airport is now helping you so why don’t you embrace it."


May 26 2009 Passenger Numbers Flatline BY sgf-admin TAGS


After months of decline, our passenger numbers have flat-lined: in March our total passenger numbers were down one percent over the same month last year. In April we had a zero percent change. In normal times (meaning without a recession) being flat is bad. But these days it’s good. Check out the numbers and you’ll see what I mean:


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Mar 26 2009 USO Facilities? BY sgf-admin TAGS


A letter to the editor in a Springfield paper wants to know:


"With all the news coverage of the new airport in Branson opening as well as the new flights added to the Springfield/Branson Airport, I've not heard anyone mention about a proper USO being placed in either airport...is this a gross oversight?"


Mar 14 2009 Branson, Airlines, and Fares BY sgf-admin TAGS


Mike blogs this:


"Hey what’s going on? I hear about Branson getting AirTran with service to Atlanta and Milwaukee. Now they got Sun Country airlines with service out of Minneapolis on a 737s and to add AirTran uses 717s. What do you think will happen? Do you think their fares will be consistently lower b/c they use large aircraft? Are any of the airlines at SGF talking about lowering prices?"


Nov 22 2008 Air Service Seminar BY sgf-admin TAGS


How much air service will our airport lose in 2009? Aviation consultant Michael Boyd says we're "really not going to be hit too hard." He thinks air service cuts have leveled off. That was just one of many issues addressed earlier this week when Boyd spoke at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 people showed up for the air service seminar last Wednesday.