BRANSON, Mo — Things are looking up in the city of Branson..quite literally.
A major commercial airline has announced it will once again offer flights out of the Branson Airport. The big announcement came Thursday at the Branson Chamber of Commerce.
Denver based Frontier Airlines will offer three flights per week out of the airport, on their Airbus-320.
The plane carries 186 passengers. Initially, it will be a seasonal service, but Branson Airport Executive Director, Jeff Bourke is hoping this will become a permanent relationship.
“We think this is important economic development for Branson,” said Bourke. “Having more travelers being able to get here easily and affordably..definitely will help the Branson market. You know MoDOT has done impact studies about the airports in the past and we think that this will certainly help that.”
Mayor Karen Best is excited about the deal, as this is not Frontier’s first “rodeo” with the Branson Airport.
“We had Denver as one of our markets before and it was a very good market for us. You know when you get to Denver, you can connect to everywhere,” said Best. You can connect to Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix. So we’re very excited to get the west coast travelers coming to the Midwest.”
Bourke says, “my view is that it’s our tourism market. They recognize and understand our tourism market and they see that they can fill up their airplanes and bring people here. And people want to come here.”
In humor and fun, Mayor Best made reference to a movie with a similar transportation theme.
“Anytime you open up transportation to more folks, it’s a good thing,” said Best. “So whether it’s rail, plane, you know remember the movie, planes, trains, and automobiles? I don’t care how y’all get here, just get here because there’s so many exciting things going on in 2018.”
Frontier will offer flights out of Branson on Monday’s Wednesday’s and Saturday’s, starting June 13th. However, tickets are available for purchase right now.