The new Branson airport, the only completely privately funded and operated commercial airport in the United States, is scheduled to open in May 2009 and will provide convenient low cost access to the city of Branson and its many attractions. Currently the closest commercial airport to Branson is located approximately an hour away in Springfield, Missouri.
The new facility will be located just eight miles from Branson’s city center, and its proximity should encourage additional tourism to the area. While Branson attracts over eight million visitors a year with most coming from distances of over 300 miles away, only about 5 % currently fly into the area.
The soon to be open airport is designed to accommodate nearly 1.5 million passengers annually.
Branson Airport will sit on over 900 acres of land and include a 58,000 square foot terminal. The airport has already recruited one major carrier to provide non-stop service to and from Atlanta. AirTran Airways has announced that it will provide daily direct flights between Branson and the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The flights will be offered beginning on May 11, 2009 at an introductory cost of just $99 plus tax per person for a one-way ticket.
For more information on Branson Airport and its grand opening visit http://www.flybranson.com/ or call (417) 334-7813.