Passenger growth at the Springfield‐Branson National Airport is so rapid, the airport is adding more parking.

Construction is underway on more than 700 parking spots. This is on top of the 300 spots added less than three years ago.

Airports across the country have seen record growth the past couple years and keeping up with parking is a challenge. In Springfield, lots are often full, with some vehicles parked in what would normally be no‐parking zones.

“We should have about 200 temporary parking spots open in a few weeks,” said Dave Schaumburg, the airport’s director of operations. “And by the end of this construction season, we’ll have pavement down for 746 new spots. When the work is done we’ll have parking for approximately 2,700 total vehicles.”

More parking isn’t the only improvement coming to the airport. By the end of the year, valet parking will be available. This will allow customers to pull up to the terminal. Once they’re unloaded an attendant will park the vehicle for them.

In 2020 the airport will add charging stations for electric vehicles. And if budgets allow, a covered sidewalk will be added in the center of the parking lots.

As always, the airport encourages everyone to arrive at the airport two hours before their flight. This is especially important right now because it often takes longer to find an open parking spot.

Four airlines serve Springfield: Allegiant, American, Delta, and United. They provide service to 13 non‐stop destinations: Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, and Destin/Ft. Walton Beach.