AirTran Airways names Branson as its newest destination


ORLANDO, FL – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., announced today plans to begin service to Branson, Missouri. Effective May 11, 2009, the airline will offer roundtrip nonstop flights between Branson Airport – the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States – and the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The route will be served by AirTran Airways’ popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft.

“AirTran Airways will bring low fares to Branson and give local residents the opportunity to travel across the country, while simultaneously encouraging tourists to visit the Ozarks and experience the city of Branson,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. “We’re excited to provide Branson’s business and leisure travelers access to popular destinations across the country, as well as be part of a memorable first in airport openings.”

“This is the manifestation of all our hard work to make this airport a reality. AirTran Airways is a perfect fit for the Branson Airport,” said Steve Peet, CEO, Branson Airport. “Nonstop, low-cost air travel to and from Branson was the goal when we started this project. We are thrilled that the number-one-ranked airline in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study is our first national carrier.”

“I want to applaud the hard work and dedication of the entire Branson Airport team, and the generous support of our friends in the Branson community for making today’s announcement possible,” said Jeff Bourk, executive director, Branson Airport.

The following nonstop flights between Branson and Atlanta will be available beginning May 11, 2009:

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
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Atlanta Branson 1580 11:30 am 12:10 pm Daily
Branson Atlanta 1581 12:45 pm 3:30 pm Daily