The Joplin Regional Airport has undergone dramatic changes over the last 6 years with the replacement of the 50 year old Air Traffic Control Tower and the Commercial Terminal facilities. The new ATC facility is a high-tech 90-foot structure, complete with a 2,100 square-foot base building. The tower houses all necessary equipment and controller facilities for air traffic control and monitoring, while the base building houses FAA field technicians and navigational equipment.

Travelers seek convenience and affordability when flying, and the new $15 million terminal facility provides all of the services of a large airport. Non-stop regional jet service to Denver International Airport and Chicago O'Hare is provided by Skywest Airlines with flights offered daily. With gasoline prices still unsteady, flying Joplin offers passengers a cost savings in comparison to other airports to make connections. Plus in Joplin, there is no fee for parking, covered curbside loading and unloading, and check-in and security procedures are much more convenient. Hertz and Avis rental cars are available on-site.

Mizzou Aviation is the airport's fixed base operator, providing fueling, charter and aircraft services, as well as flight instruction.

The Commercial Terminal is located at 7331 N. Highway 43, and can be accessed by traveling 1½ miles north of the intersection of 171 and 43. The General Aviation entrance is located 1/2 mile east of that same intersection off of Highway 171. Owned and operated by the City of Joplin, the airport serves the commercial, military, cargo, general aviation, and corporate aviation needs of the for state area. Overall, the airport active airfield covers 970 acres and has two runways and the Aviation Industrial Park. An additional 230 acres supports the light industrial/commercial activity in the Airpark Business Centre’. More than 100 aircraft are based at Joplin Regional Airport. As a whole, the airport generates over $22 million for the Joplin area economy annually.