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The New Branson Airport

The New Branson Airport

Here's what you need to know about flights to Branson!

Location: on 922 scenic acres just south of Branson, about a 10-minute drive to the center of town (see below for specific driving directions to the Branson Airport)

Opening day: Monday, May 11, 2009

Airlines: Southwest Airlines in 2013 (previously AirTran) and Frontier and Branson AirExpress

(Southwest ends Branson service on June 7, 2014)

Daily Non-Stop Service To & From (Roundtrip flights):

  • Atlanta, Georgia (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) with AirTran (Southwest). Every AirTran Airways jet is equipped with FREE XM Satellite Radio and Wi-Fi. Business & leisure travelers can now connect to Tunica, Mississippi (UTM), Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi (GPT), Cancun, Mexico (CUN), Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ), Nassau, Bahamas (NAS), Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida (SRQ), Pensacola, Florida (PNS) & Miami, Florida (MIA).
  • Austin, Texas (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - AUS) with Frontier. 4 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun), flights only from April 4, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
  • Baltimore/Washington, Maryland (Baltimore/Washington International - BWI) with AirTran (Southwest). Every AirTran Airways jet is equipped with FREE XM Satellite Radio and Wi-Fi.
  • Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Midway International Airport - MDW) with AirTran (Southwest). Every AirTran Airways jet is equipped with FREE XM Satellite Radio and Wi-Fi.
  • Dallas, Texas (Dallas Love Field Airport - DAL) with Branson AirExpress 4 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun), flights only from April 4, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
  • Denver, Colorado (Denver International Airport) with Frontier - with connections to 50+ destinations. 
  • Houston, Texas (William P. Hobby Airport) with AirTran (Southwest). Every AirTran Airways jet is equipped with FREE XM Satellite Radio and Wi-Fi.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (General Mitchell International Airport - MKE) with Frontier - with connections to Minneapolis, MN. Additional connections include Green Bay, WI; Grand Rapids, MI, Flint, MI, Boston, MA, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphis, PA, Columbus, OH and Omaha, NE (flights begin July 1, 2011) Flights Mon, Wed, Fri. Seasonal service.
  • Orlando,  Florida (Orlando International Airport) with AirTran (Southwest) (nonstop flights every Saturday). Every AirTran Airways jet is equipped with FREE XM Satellite Radio and Wi-Fi.
  • Phoenix, Arizona (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport) with Frontier - with connections to 50+ destinations. 

 

Seasonal Non-Stop Service To & From (Roundtrip flights):

  • Begins May 10, 2012 on Branson AirExpress: Austin, Texas (AUS), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE), and Nashville, Tennessee (MQY) marketed as public charter flights by Branson AirExpress and operated by Corporate Flight Management (CFM). The new non-stop service will operate 4 days per week on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Austin and Milwaukee. The nonstop service to Nashville will operate 3 days per week.

 

Rental Car Service: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with a service counter inside the airport terminal and a rental return facility integrated with check-in services.

Food concessions & catering services provided by: Famous Dave's BBQ (concessions, catering & full-service restaurant)

Taxi, Limousine and Shuttle Ground Transportation Service: provided by Branson Gray Line, which includes service by Branson Yellow Cab, Branson Checker Cab, Branson City Cab, and Town Car and Shuttle services to local hotels.

 

Directions to the Branson Airport:

  • From Highway 65 North, turn right/east approximately 4 miles north of the Highway 86 intersection into the Communities at Branson Creek and follow Branson Creek Boulevard about 5 1/2 miles to the Branson Airport.
  • From Highway 65 South, turn left/east approximately 1 mile south of the Hollister exchange into the Communities at Branson Creek and follow Branson Creek Boulevard about 5 1/2 miles to the Branson Airport.

 

Website: The Branson Airport

 

Random bits of interesting information on The Branson Airport:

  • Airports are typically funded by Federal $$ - The Branson Airport is not...it is privately financed by bonds and private equity
  • Situated on 922 acres, it required the movement of 12 million cubic yards of dirt to complete the construction process (for comparison...an American Football field is 120 yards long) Enough rock and dirt was moved around to fill the Louisiana Superdome twice. Remember...this area is the Ozark Mountains, and they needed some flat space!
  • Why use this airport? Its target is leisure travelers looking for low-fare flights, who also enjoy traveling to Branson - a very affordable place to go. But who wouldn't love low-fare flights? So, business or leisure travelers are good-to-go with the Branson Airport.
  • Flights to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (General Mitchell International Airport) with AirTran were cancelled on July 7, 2009 due to lack of demand. Flights can still be made to Milwaukee, but the plane stops in Atlanta, GA.
  • Every departing flight gets a See ya later, come back soon wave from all available staff at the airport. Click here to watch the Branson Wave at the new Branson Airport.
  • FREE Wi-Fi on every flight with AirTran (for free wi-fi spots - on the ground - in Branson, click here)
  • Good news: The Branson Airport is required to have an Aviation Security Exercise every three years.The purpose is to review the Branson Airport's Aviation Security Contingency Plan to make sure that all stakeholders would know how to respond were there to be a terrorist or security threat at the Branson Airport. The exercise brings several stakeholders together including the Taney County Sheriff's Department, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and local emergency responders.
  • In 2009, The Branson Airport offered Special Holiday Season non-stop service to & from (Roundtrip flight) Shreveport, Louisiana (Shreveport Regional Airport) & Rockford, Illinois (Chicago Rockford International Airport) with ExpressJet Charters (three flights per week). Every flight seated 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also featured comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio. Non-stop flights started at $59-Louisiana & $89-Illinois (one way). Service operated Monday, Wednesday & Saturday from November 7 through December 14, 2009.
  • The following flights through Sun Country Airlines were offered when the airport opened in May of 2009, and they may return in the Spring of 2010: 1) Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport DFW) with Sun Country Airlines; and 2) Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport) with Sun Country Airlines. Connections from Minneapolis/St. Paul include New York City, Orlando, Cancun, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix, San Diego & Las Vegas
  • CANCELLED in April 2010: Terre Haute, Indiana (Terre Haute International Airport) with ExpressJet 3 times a week, flights begin May 17, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Previous flights: to Des Moines, Iowa (Des Moines International Airport) with ExpressJet 5 days a week, flights began May 17, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Previous flights: Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi (Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport) with ExpressJet 3 times a week - Monday, Wednesday & Saturday - flights began May 17, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Previous flights: Indianapolis, Indiana (Indianapolis International Airport - IND) with ExpressJet 4 times a week - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - flights began September 10, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Previous flights: Nashville, Tennessee (Nashville International Airport) with ExpressJet 3 times a week - Monday, Wednesday & Saturday - flights began May 17, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Previous flights: Shreveport, Louisiana (Shreveport Regional Airport) with Expressjet 3 times a week, flights began May 17, 2010. Every flight seats 50 travelers with each aircraft configured with no middle seats, assigning every customer a seat on the aisle or window. The planes also feature comfortable memory foam cushioned leather seats with more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite Radio.
  • Frontier's Branson service is flown by the Embraer 170/190 aircraft. You get to enjoy comfortable leather seating in a two-by-two configuration. In addition, all of the E190 aircraft have several rows of STRETCH seating which provides an additional 5 inches of comfortable leg room. The company's Embraer fleet will also be outfitted with in-flight internet service by end of 2010.
  • Congratulations to The Branson Airport for winning the U$ ANNIE Prize 2010 for Fastest Growing US Airport in the 100,000-500,000 passenger category. The award was given by Airline and Airport News & Analysis. The winner is determined by science, statistics and evidence rather than merely the opinions of a panel of judges or vote. Opening just over 15 months ago, seat capacity at the Branson Airport has more than doubled in only one year of service as a result of expanded AirTran flights, the addition of Frontier service and the development of Branson AirExpress.
  • In November 2010, The Branson Airport earned the distinction of being a StormReady Supporter® by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. The Branson Airport completed the following criteria to become a StormReady Supporter: Established a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; Demonstrated the ability to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings in more than one way and to alert the public at the airport; Created a system that monitors local weather conditions; Developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters. The Branson Airport shares the efforts of StormReady to reduce the impact of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
  • March 2011: The Branson Airport passed FAA Inspection with zero discrepancies for the 3rd straight year. Since this is the 3rd inspection with no discrepancies or other Part 139 violations, the Branson Airport is eligible to receive an Airport Safety Enhancement Award at the FAA Airports Conference in September 2011.
  • April 2011: The Branson Airport was named one of America's Top 10 Stress-Free Airports by SmarterTravel.comThe reasons: airport amenities, the rustic décor, customer service, the "Branson Wave" (wanna see it? Click here!) & (click here to read our 2009 post about "The Branson Wave"). Congratulations!
  • July 9, 2011: Pilot Michael Combs arrived at the Branson Airport in a REMOS GX Light Sport Aircraft, setting a Time Over Distance world record. This is the first time an aviation world record has been accomplished in Branson, Missouri. His mission is called the Flight For The Human Spirit, making 136 stops beginning on April 3, 2010 in Salina, Kansas and ending in Honolulu, Hawaii. The goal – 20 million lives inspired by the message that "it's never, EVER too late to follow your dreams." Click here for more info on the flight's arrival in Branson.
  • Southwest Airlines and AirTran announced that you'll be able to GO between Branson (The Branson Airport) and Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Baltimore & Orlando much more frequently this winter. Their expanded winter flight schedule will run from January 8, 2012 through March 9, 2012. It represents more than a 100% increase in service over last winter. Take a look at AirTran's website to book a flight or just check on all the new departure & arrival times.
  • January 2012: Southwest Airlines to serve Branson Airport. Southwest Airlines purchased its low-cost competitor AirTran in the middle of 2011. AirTran provided most of the flights at the Branson Airport. The good news – Southwest will continue to serve Branson and convert AirTran Airways at the Branson Airport to Southwest Airlines over time. Even better –  the possibility of the "Southwest Effect" in Branson, which is when Southwest's arrival in a market drives prices down. This could be good news for Branson/Springfield area travelers.
  • January 24, 2012: AirTran Airways, which will be converting to Southwest Airlines through the course of this year, will begin daily nonstop service from Branson to Chicago and Houston beginning April 16, 2012.
  • February 2, 2012: Branson Airport partners with Hollister High School to expose students to the job opportunities in aviation. The program includes a ride on AirTran Airways to the nation's largest commercial service airport located in Atlanta. This program will help area students who are interested in aviation careers understand how to best prepare themselves for a wide variety of jobs available in the aviation field.
  • July 3, 2012: Southwest Airlines will be in Branson in 2013! It'll likely take place in the first half of 2013. AirTran Airways will change to Southwest Airlines.
  • Southwest Airlines ends Branson service on June 7, 2014.

 



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