Branson Airport Celebrates Its 10th Birthday Today
(Branson, Missouri) May 9, 2019 – Branson Airport celebrates 10 years of commercial air service and general aviation in the Ozarks today.
Reflections on the past ten years begin with the first shovel of dirt being turned over, which led to the largest earth-moving project in Missouri (12 million cubic yards of dirt and rock moved). Finally, to make sure the airport felt right at home in the Ozarks, reclaimed Missouri barn wood from as far back as 1871 was used to finish off the welcoming atmosphere. In all, the build took only 22 months and was completed on May 9, 2009.
Branson Airport opened in the middle of one of the biggest economic downturns in history, amid record-high jet fuel prices and unprecedented airline consolidations, which led to service reductions, hitting smaller airports the hardest. Despite these challenges, Branson Airport has had commercial air service each year it has been in operation. Seven of the ten years the airport has been served by major national airlines and five of the ten years the service has been year-round.
Now, 10 years later, a different type of statistic comes to mind from this Herculean effort on top of the mountains of Southwest Missouri. The airport has served over 1.2 million airline passengers, handles hundreds of aircraft operations weekly, has contributed $285 million in economic benefit to the region to date, hosts Discovery Flights each year (1,000 to date) for area students, many their first time on an airplane, and has a perfect airport safety record.
“We have had both cheers and tears over our 10 years. Now, with a healthy airline industry and a stronger and more robust destination than ever, Branson Airport is seeing a resurgence in air service,” commented Jeff Bourk, Executive Director of the airport. “We love this community and the hardworking business leaders who grow our destination. The airport team has believed in the same vision for 10 years, that Branson deserves low-cost air service, and we are committed to making that happen. We look forward to what the next decade will bring.”
Frontier Airlines returned in 2018 after a brief hiatus. In 2019 the carrier added seats to market by more than 300% with two new nonstop destinations and fares starting at $29.
Travelers searching for low fares from Branson can visit FlyBranson.com
Low-fare carrier, Frontier Airlines services Branson Airport nonstop from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) and Denver International Airport (DEN). VIA Airlines provides the regions only nonstop to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).
Branson Airport was created through a unique public-private partnership, taking no FAA funding to construct the Airport. The airport was privately developed and is privately operated by Branson Airport, LLC. The Airport serves destination visitors to Branson, Missouri and local travelers throughout the Ozarks Region. Commercial airlines include VIA Airlines and Frontier Airlines with four nonstop cities to many great National and International destinations.
The Airport has received numerous customer satisfaction and FAA safety awards each year since opening in 2009. The 7200 ft. runway is capable of handling large commercial aircraft, as well as enabling all types of private jet and general aviation guests at a full-service FBO, Branson Jet Center.
Frontier Airlines is committed to delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to more than 100 cities in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico on 350 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.