Springfield–Branson National Airport
|Springfield–Branson National Airport|
|IATA: SGF – ICAO: KSGF – FAA LID: SGF|
|Owner||City of Springfield|
|Operator||Springfield Airport Board|
|Serves||Springfield / Branson, Missouri|
|Elevation AMSL||1,268 ft / 386 m|
|Sources: FAA, airport website|
Springfield–Branson National Airport (IATA: SGF, ICAO: KSGF, FAA LID: SGF), formerly Springfield–Greene County Airport, Springfield Municipal Airport and Springfield–Branson Regional Airport, is a public airport five miles (8 km) northwest of Springfield, in Greene County, Missouri. The airport has non-stop service to eleven U.S. cities.
The airport opened under the name of Springfield–Greene County Airport on July 2, 1945 following bond issues of $350,000 in 1942 and $150,000 in 1945 to build the airport. It replaced the Springfield Park and Airport on East Division Street (which now operates as Downtown Airport (Missouri)). Springfield Park was the former McCluer Flying Field which opened in 1925 and purchased by the city in 1928 and which had commercial service by American Airlines and Transcontinental and Western. The airlines discontinued service during the Great Depression.
The airport was shortly renamed Springfield Municipal Airport after the city and county disagreed on funding.
In 1946 American Airlines began first commercial service to the new airport.
In October 1964 a new terminal opened (paid for by a 1960 $600,000 bond issue).
In 1992 the airport was renamed Springfield–Branson Regional Airport capitalizing on the sudden rise of the Branson, Missouri tourist industry (the airport is northwest of Springfield and Branson is more than 50 miles (80 km) southeast of the airport). In the same year the community of Lakeview, Missouri renamed itself Branson West, Missouri. " Branson has no formal say in the running of the airport.
In May 2006 ground was broken for a new terminal and it was announced the airport would be renamed Springfield–Branson National Airport. The new Midfield Terminal opened on May 6, 2009 and was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.
Competing Branson airports
The Branson Airport opened in the spring of 2009 to compete with the municipally owned Springfield airport. Branson Airport, LLC, is reportedly the first privately owned airport in the US having regularly scheduled commercial airline service. The $155 million project was funded by $117 of municipal bonds and private investors. It is a few miles southeast of Hollister, Missouri. As of the fall of 2010 Branson Airport has 3 scheduled airlines. One, Vision Air, established a hub at Branson under Branson AirExpress to 8 destinations.
Meanwhile, Branson West hopes to open a $15 million airport with a 5,000-foot (1,500 m) runway on the west side of the community to open in the fall of 2008 on 930 acres (3.8 km2) donated by Conco Companies of Springfield (200 acres), Kay Renfro (450 acres) and Martin Eastwood (200 acres). The City had initially proposed building the airport on the east side near Silver Dollar City but the plan was dropped due to protests. The new airport currently has no plans for commercial traffic.
- At 10:36pm March 20, 1955 American Airlines Flight 711 crashed more than a mile north of the airport. 11 of 32 passengers died along with the stewardess and copilot. The federal investigation blamed pilot error misjudging the altitude. It is the only commercial crash at the airport.
- At around 5:00pm December 14, 2010, a twin engine plane made an emergency landing at the airport after the pilot could not get the landing gear to go down. The plane landed safely and both passengers rushed out of the plane, where fire trucks and other emergency vehicles were waiting.
Facilities and aircraft
In 2006 the airport had 78,468 aircraft operations, average 214 per day: 50% general aviation, 35% air taxi, 8% military and 6% scheduled commercial. 190 aircraft are based at this airport: 71% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, 7% jet, 1% helicopter and 1% military.
There is an Army National Guard unit based at Springfield–Branson, the 35th combat aviation brigade, detachment 3 company 1 of the 185th aviation regiment. "The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade deploys to an area of responsibility to provide command, control, staff planning and supervision of combat aviation brigade operations. The brigade's units fly a combination of AH-64A Apache attack helicopters, OH-58 Kiowa observation helicopters and UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters. It also has a detachment of two C-23 Sherpa cargo airplanes and a C-12 transport airplane."
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando–Sanford, Phoenix–Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare (ends June 4, 2014), Denver (ends June 4, 2014)|
|United Express operated by Trans States Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver (ends June 4, 2014)|
|1||Dallas–Fort Worth, TX||82,000||American|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||22,000||Allegiant|
|8||St. Petersburg, FL||17,000||Allegiant|
|10||Los Angeles, CA||14,000||Allegiant|
- FAA Airport Master Record for SGF ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- Springfield–Branson National Airport, official website, retrieved 2007-11-18
- – Airport history – flyspringfield.com
- Insiders' Guide to Branson and the Ozark Mountains, 6th (Insiders' Guide Series) (Paperback) by Fred Pfister – 2006 ISBN 0-7627-4042-6
- Springfield Branson Airport Terminal – Reed Construction Data
- Springfield–Branson National Airport – Official site
- Resources for this airport: