Springfield airports (part 1) – 3 airports within 30 minutes

One of the things I hear the most about why businesses relocate to Springfield is the easy access to our Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and two other major airports in Dayton and Columbus, making business and transportation relatively easy.

Here is some information on three airports within 30 minutes of downtown Springfield:

Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport (SGH)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 7 miles from Springfield
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 13 minutes
  • Purpose: business flights, flight instruction, Ohio Air National Guard
  • Boardings (2008): 64
  • Landed weight (2008): none

Since 1946, Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport has been a cornerstone of the aviation system across the State of Ohio. The 1,400-acre Airport, three miles south of the City of Springfield, is located at the heart of air travel and cargo activity in Southwestern Ohio, and serves the residential and business communities of Clark, Greene, and Champaign counties.

Springfield-Beckley serves as a vital link between members of the Springfield business community and their principal destinations, including Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Fort Wayne, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. According to a survey of the businesses and industries in Springfield-Beckley’s service area, 19 percent use air cargo/freight service on a daily basis (with more using this service on a weekly or monthly basis), 38 percent of the businesses with aircraft base their aircraft at the Airport, and 23 percent charter aircraft an average of 34 times annually.

The airport also serves three on-site divisions of the Ohio Air National Guard, including the 178th Fighter Wing.  The Wing recently received an entirely new mission dedicated to remote piloted aircraft (UAVs) as well as NASIC intelligence.

Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport is located on S.R. 794 between U.S. 68 ad S.R. 72, only five miles south of I-70 and the City of Springfield. The Airport is adjacent to AirparkOhio, is only 29 miles from Dayton, and is the closest general aviation (GA) facility to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (10 air miles).

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (FFO)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 23 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 26 minutes
  • Purpose: US Air Force use
  • Boardings (2008): 555 (rank – 749th)
  • Landed weight (2008): none (civil only)

From Wikipedia: “Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force base in Greene and Montgomery counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. It includes both Wright and Patterson Fields, which were originally Wilbur Wright Field and Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot. Patterson Field is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Dayton; Wright Field is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of Dayton.

The host unit at Wright-Patterson AFB is the 88th Air Base Wing (88 ABW), assigned to the Air Force Materiel Command Aeronautical Systems Center.

Wright-Patterson AFB is one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force with a long history of flight test spanning from the Wright Brothers into the Space Age.

It is the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, one of the major commands of the Air Force. “Wright-Patt” (as the base is colloquially called) is also the location of a major USAF Medical Center (hospital), the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, formerly known as the U.S. Air Force Museum.

It is also the home base of the 445th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command, an Air Mobility Command-gained unit which flies the C-5 Galaxy heavy airlifter. Wright-Patterson is also the headquarters of the Aeronautical Systems Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory.”

Dayton International Airport (DAY)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 26 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 30 minutes
  • Purpose: domestic and international passenger and cargo flights
  • Enplanements (2008): 1.5 million (rank – 76th)
  • Landed weight (2008): 53 million lbs. (117th)

Located near the “Crossroads of the America” – Interstates 70 and 75, the Dayton International Airport provides air service to meet the needs of travelers to and from Southwest Ohio.

For the month of December 2008, the Dayton International Airport reported that 115,616 passengers flew from Dayton International Airport as compared to 108,676 outbound passengers in December 2007. This increase in passenger traffic equates to a 6.4% increase.

The following are the top 3 stats for January 2010 passenger enplanements:

Delta — 22,424
Airtran — 17,116
US Airways — 13,747

>> To see other stats and the rest of the airline stats, click here: http://www.flydayton.com/uploads/pdf/Stats_2010.pdf

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