June was the busiest month in the Springfield airport’s history with 118,477 total passengers. It continues a growth streak that began eight years ago. The unprecedented growth resulted in the airport reaching the one million annual passenger mark last year for the time ever. The growth shows no signs of slowing down –– so far this year passenger growth is up 8.7% over last year.
Passenger numbers have grown 47% since 2011 driven by the airlines use of larger planes, more flights, and the addition of four non-stop destinations: Charlotte, Los Angeles, Houston, and Destin.
“None of this would have happened without support from the community,” says Brian Weiler, airport director. “Thank you for choosing our local airport and making this growth possible.”
Several improvements have been made to keep up with demand. Construction is underway on a new parking lot. When finished it will provide more than 700 additional parking places. The project includes a new covered pedestrian walkway.
Recent improvements include an expanded restaurant, and new charging stations for phones and computers.
Passenger numbers aren’t the only thing on the rise …
During the first six months of the year cargo airlines carried 15,756,743 pounds of freight from Springfield. That’s up 8.8% over last year.
June set an all-time monthly record for the amount of fuel delivered to the airlines at the airport: 869,306 gallons. That’s up 21.1% over 2018.
- Take offs and landings are up 6.7% so far in 2019.
Four airlines serve Springfield: Allegiant, American, Delta, and United. They provide service to 13 non-stop destinations: Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, and Destin/Ft. Walton Beach.