Springfield-Branson National Airport

Springfield-Branson National Airport

As of October 1, all electronics larger than a cell phone will have to go through x-ray screening at airports in the United States, including the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

“Over the past 12 to 18 months, the federal government's picked up a lot of intelligence  that terrorist groups are now capable of putting explosives in smaller electronic devices," airport spokesman, Kent Boyd said.  "That's the heart of the concern, so they want to make sure that every electronic device is screened."

Michele Skalicky

United Airlines will offer new service from Springfield-Branson National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning June 8.

Tom Babick, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, said the new service is the airport’s 13th nonstop destination.  The average number of nonstop destinations for a city similar in size to Springfield, according to Babick, is nine.

"This is another milestone in the history of the airport and the entire community," said Babick.

City of Springfield

Springfield-Branson National Airport had more passengers than ever before in 2016.  It was the second year in a row that a record number of people used the airport.  More than 950,000 flew in and out, up 4.3 percent from 2015.

Tom Babik, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, credits what he calls a strong southwest Missouri economy for the increase.  According to Babik, 2016 was the fifth year in a row that passenger numbers at the airport grew. 

City of Springfield

The mid-year report for the Springfield-Branson National Airport is out, and the news is good:  last month was the busiest ever at the airport.  The total passenger count for July was 98,112—up 4.6% from the previous record month, which was July 2015.

For the first seven months of this year, total passenger numbers are up 1.6%.  According to airport officials, if growth continues until the end of the year, 2016 will be the best year in the airport’s history.  The current record year is 2015.

Han Zhao / KSMU

Even on a rainy Friday, tour tickets for the B-17 Bomber, one of the most iconic warplanes from World War II, still sold out. 

Hundreds of people attended the exhibit at the Springfield-Branson National Airport to embrace this historic icon. 

The aircraft is one of 10 airworthy B-17s remaining out of over 12,000 manufactured for combat during World War II.

The warbird carries many memories and sentiment from the war era. Many visitors came to the exhibit to immerse themselves and honor their loved ones.