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Branson Airport To Announce New Air Carrier  
User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 16345 times:

Branson airport to announce new air carrier

Associated Press - February 21, 2010 5:54 PM ET

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Branson Airport plans to share some big news next week.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the airport will announce an air carrier that will provide five new nonstop destinations.

The announcement is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the airport.


http://www.kfvs12.com/global/story.asp?s=12020541

Any guesses? WN actually came across my mind as who else starts up 5 destinations at once? WN could serve LAS, MDW, BWI, MCO and DAL immediatly as my thought.

F9 already announced DEN, Allegiant serves the area, who else would it be?

Alex


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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5449 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16277 times:

Well, WN went into that new Florida airport, IINM. I suppose it could be them. Allegiant could be an option, too. They've moved into MCO, nothing to say they couldn't add/move in Missouri.

-Dave



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User currently offlinesurfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2853 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16146 times:

WN might just be it. DAL, HOU, MDW, BWI, PHX...

Allegiant doesn't serve big cities (New York, Chicago, etc.) that Branson could draw from...



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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5449 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16108 times:

Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 2):
WN might just be it. DAL, HOU, MDW, BWI, PHX...

My only thought with Southwest is why would they have signed on with Frontier/Midwest for DEN when WN would have probably done DEN as part of a package of cities? The two might be unrelated, who knows.

-Dave



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25007 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16054 times:
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Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
F9 already announced DEN, Allegiant serves the area, who else would it be?

It's a puzzle. I had heard that Airtran is about to announce a new destination to BKG, but obviously they're not a new carrier.

mariner



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User currently offlineBanks170 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 15993 times:

Hopefully who ever it is, will have a flight to STL. I still can't belive you can't fly non-stop from stl to sgf anymore.


Ryan


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 15655 times:

If the new carrier turns out to be WN, I think DAL & MDW would be two of the destinations. Look at DAL-BKG-MDW on Great Circle Mapper. DAL-MDW is 793 miles nonstop. DAL-BKG-MDW is 794 miles. BKG could be used to feed DAL passengers into MDW just as AMA is used to feed DAL passengers into DEN. If a WN flight from DAL to MDW has to stop somewhere in a Wright Amendment city first, why not stop in a city that's giving you a subsidy? I think currently most of WN's DAL-XXX-MDW flights stop in STL. Making BKG the intermediate stop would probably make for a quicker ground time, as I doubt there would be that many people getting on/off in Branson.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6578 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 15614 times:

I could see G4 moving from SGF to BKG...particularly if the incentives from Branson are right.

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15547 times:

Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 7):
I could see G4 moving from SGF to BKG...particularly if the incentives from Branson are right.

You may be right. I noticed looking at Allegiant's Route Map G4 currently serves five destinations from SGF.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineboslax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15531 times:

I would be shocked if it's Southwest. But then again, who saw Southwest going to Panama City. I just find it hard to believe that Branson could support a potential 10 daily flights to five nonstop destinations on Southwest. The revenue guarantee would be significant. My guess is the new carrier could be a regional jet operator who has idle RJ's sitting around - that list could be long. (Mesa, Republic, Transtates, Skywest)

User currently offlineJetStream3399 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15427 times:

Without giving too much away, boslax's guess is on the right track...

User currently offlinesldispatcher From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15415 times:

Quoting boslax (Reply 9):

Express Jet did some regional flying back in Nov/Dec this past year. That might have worked out better than they thought. They bundled hotel stays, tickets and air travel ala G4.

Could be a spring/summer seasonal service type of thing with twice or thrice weekly service.

Overall, that's not a bad model for leisure destinations.


User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3052 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15055 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Thread starter):
who else would it be

Possibly Jazz from Canada!



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User currently offlineKingCavalier From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 1302 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14974 times:

I'm guessing SkyWest, ExpressJet or even Republic to some medium sized markets around 350-450 miles from BKG. I'm thinking DSM, OMA, BNA, CVG, IND, or something similar to these markets.


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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25007 posts, RR: 85
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14881 times:
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Quoting surfandsnow (Reply 2):
WN might just be it. DAL, HOU, MDW, BWI, PHX...

Not to burst anyone's bubble, but Southwest has denied it:

http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/a...outhwest-airlines-isnt-landin.html

Dallas News: "Southwest Airlines isn't landing in Branson

It's a hot rumor. However, it's not a true rumor, Southwest says.

"Hey everyone, it isn't us," Southwest Airlines spokesman Brian Lusk said in a comment posted Monday on Flyertalk.com. "I don't know who the carrier might be, but we aren't making any announcement tomorrow."


mariner



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User currently offlineiloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14818 times:

DANG IT! Just saw that WN denied that they were coming to Branson.

[Edited 2010-02-22 10:16:39]

User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2971 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14786 times:

I would think Allegiant. They have shown that they aren't afraid to move/split operations from one airport to another in the same city (ie Orlando).

JetBluefan1



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User currently offlineKingCavalier From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 1302 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14763 times:

Quoting JetBluefan1 (Reply 16):
I would think Allegiant. They have shown that they aren't afraid to move/split operations from one airport to another in the same city (ie Orlando).

I'm thinking it might be a move by G4 from SGF to BKG. BKG is a destination in its own right, and Allegiant might sell packages for Branson and use BKG as a small focus city.



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User currently offlineiloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14716 times:

Wild card: What about B6? They've been looking to establish a "Midwestern hub" of some sort and they could build it around a tourist mecca. The sky's the limit in terms of slots and they wouldn't have much interference in terms of congestion.

I know, I'm dreaming, but B6 needs to add more Midwestern destinations. They've got like this HUGE hole in their route map......


User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14701 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 14):

Not to burst anyone's bubble, but Southwest has denied it:

Thanks for posting that!

It seemed WN was a bit far fetched, but after ECP, it';s like any airport is up in the air it seems.

It probably is a regional carrier!

Alex



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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14680 times:

Quoting iloveboeing (Reply 18):
They've been looking to establish a "Midwestern hub" of some sort and they could build it around a tourist mecca.

Branson is a "tourist mecca?" Does anyone under the age of 80 go there?


User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15718 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14622 times:

Quoting Banks170 (Reply 5):
Hopefully who ever it is, will have a flight to STL.

I don't think that is likely, and if it did happen I would put my money on Cape Air.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 20):

Branson is a "tourist mecca?"

Not really.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 20):
Does anyone under the age of 80 go there?

Only if their grandparents take them, which happened to me twice. It was bad, really bad.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25007 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14612 times:
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Quoting chrisair (Reply 20):
Branson is a "tourist mecca?" Does anyone under the age of 80 go there?

Over 7 million visitors a year. Not Las Vegas, but not bad for a hick town in the Ozarks.

And - you know - redneck dollars and white hair dollars are still green.

mariner



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User currently offlineiloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14601 times:

Quoting chrisair (Reply 20):
Branson is a "tourist mecca?" Does anyone under the age of 80 go there?

I know many people who go to Branson and are well under the age of 80, including myself (I am in my early twenties, and NO!, I do not like country music!!!). When I was there, I saw many families. It is also a very popular place for boating and fishing at the nearby lakes. It really is a beautiful place.

Branson is more touristy than many assume. We've got a lot of potential market for airlines to tap into and we need low fare service; it's just that the existing legacy airlines in SGF (AA, DL, UA) think they are king of the world and gouge us with high prices, while those in the big cities enjoy low fares.


User currently offlineiloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14545 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
Only if their grandparents take them, which happened to me twice. It was bad, really bad.
Quoting mariner (Reply 22):
Over 7 million visitors a year. Not Las Vegas, but not bad for a hick town in the Ozarks.

And - you know - redneck dollars and white hair dollars are still green.

OK, I don't live in Branson, but I live in the Missouri Ozarks and I have observed comments on a.net today and in the past about our region that I find extremely offensive, not to mention an elitist tone in the posts.

What if I were to say something about the big cities and suburbia that many of you may live in? Would you not feel the same way?

Please keep this civil. I am really tired of our region being dismissed as "low-level hicks." We have a right to good air service, just as everyone else does!

Just because many of you may live in the more urban areas and enjoy $79 one-way fares to Florida, while we in the Ozarks have to cough up $500 or more, does NOT mean you are all better than us, neither are we better than you!


25 mayor : Ever heard of the word "competition"? Apparently not. If there was more competition in SGF, there would be lower fares. The legacy airlines are only
26 iloveboeing : I know exactly what competition is, and the legacy carriers are only charging the high fares here because they want to make up for their so-called "l
27 Post contains images BMI727 : That is pretty common to all midsize and small destinations. You can either pay up or drive. Nobody has a "right" to air service, other than EAS whic
28 mayor : There's nothing to "get away with" because they're doing nothing wrong. They're just reacting to the market place. That's capitalism.
29 krsw757 : I am going to guess expressjet. Don't they currently have charter flights from Branson to Rockford?
30 mariner : Just because it is "capitalism" doesn't make it sensible. As Lenin said - a true capitalist will sell the rope to his own hangman. LOL. mariner
31 evanbu : It's Frontier. It's on the Branson airport website.
32 GentFromAlaska : As it relates to BNA. Not a bad idea for a potential weekend get-away With that said Tunica, Mississippi just south of MEM is only about a four hour
33 mariner : Um -- just for the record, that wasn't my quote. However, I might advocate BKG-BNA for other reasons. mariner
34 luckyone : Did anybody else read this thread title and think that Richard Branson was announcing a new airline? Virgin Somewhere?
35 sldispatcher : That's actually already been announced. Looking for something new to 5 different destinations, I believe. F9 announced that a little while back.
36 MtnWest1979 : F9 was announced already. Also, Unless F9 was going to go: DEN,MKE,IND,MCI,XXX it doesn't fit.......
37 stlgph : regional? 5? Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake, Memphis?
38 quickmover : Also said a "new" carrier. F9 announced service some time ago so they wouldn't be the "new" carrier. G4 would be my bet, since they serve 5 cities fro
39 steex : Not sure exactly what you're getting at there, but Branson doesn't have any casinos. I don't think Tunica and Branson would really be competing with
40 FWAERJ : It's not WN (they denied it) It's not FL (already there) It's not F9 (already there) My bet: It's G4, switching bases.
41 sldispatcher : Perhaps G4 believes there is another focus city there? Somehow, my money is still on small RJ service with hotel/destination packages.
42 MUWarriors : My completely uneducated guess is something similar to what FL and OO have in MKE, a regional flies in and out under their own name, but with a codesh
43 quickmover : Makes the most sense. They are selling vacation packages anyway to Branson--not Springfield. Probably got a better deal on fees as well.
44 mariner : It would be interesting to know how much cross-over there is between BKG and SGF. Travelocity is offering packages (air/hotel) for Frontier's DEN-BKG
45 IlliniCMI : G4 makes the most sense on paper, but I'm holding out hope for a regional carrier codesharing under a bigger airline. One can dream. By the way, I'm a
46 Post contains links and images mariner : And here's a fun one - Terre Haute, Indiana - HUF - wants service to Branson: http://www.wthitv.com/dpp/news/Terre...direct-flights-to-branson-missour
47 Post contains images chrisair : The city's motto is "Someone you love is always playing in Branson!" You can see Pat Boone. Who under the age of 80 knows who Pat Boone is, let alone
48 Post contains links mariner : I guess you've never been to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge in the Smokey Mountains. I used to go there a lot when I was in Tennessee. I put my brain in neu
49 MSYtristar : Here's an off-the-wall (and probably incorrect) guess: Locair (www.locair.net) I saw a PDF file a while back (wish I still had the link) with a propos
50 Post contains links FATFlyer : I forgot about Locair. Last year they were saying they wanted to add Branson service in spring 2010. The pdf file here on page 5 has a map showing BK
51 sldispatcher : If it's Locair, that's not gonna....mmmm...."fly".
52 FWAERJ : The article states that they also are in talks for G4 to SFB (if G4 doesn't move all their service to MCO by the time they get the service). I could
53 drewwright : American Eagle from DFW and ORD. Total guess but sometimes a little left field is a good thing. DRW
54 Post contains links FWAERJ : According to KSPR-TV, it's not Allegiant after all. It's FlyBranson/Branson Air Express, a public charter operated by ExpressJet. HOU has been confirm
55 WhatUsaid : FYI, Those who write headlines are not those who write the stories. The story didn't say new carrier, it said "an" ... Sounds like G4....
56 MattRB : Not sure about "major": AUS, DSM, HUF & SHV https://booksecure.flybranson.com/
57 FWAERJ : Nice to see Terre Haute getting scheduled service back! What was the last scheduled service HUF had?
58 GlobalCabotage : IAH is a destination as are DEN and ORD. UA / CO make this possible. Speculation is that IAD and LAX/SFO are the others.
59 steex : What is the source for your information? FWAERJ and MattRB's links seem to confirm that HOU, AUS, DSM, HUF, and SHV are indeed the five new destinati
60 777fan : Ummm, ORD? I'm sorry, but I just don't envision many New Yorkers or Californians jetting off to Branson. I may be wrong, but I believe my hunch is pr
61 falstaff : There is always a double standard. Make fun of "world class" city and get your post deleted, make fun of a resonably small, but great place, and ever
62 DeltAirlines : While B6 expanding in the midwest would be good, Branson makes zero sense for the reasons 777fan says. Midwest JetBlue service right now is best serv
63 Post contains links mariner : LOL. This article claims Houston - but doesn't say if it its IAH or HOU: http://www.kspr.com/news/local/84986702.html "Breaking News: Branson to Anno
64 Post contains images steex : Not to nitpick, but before you make comments like that, you should check a road atlas.
65 Post contains images stlgph : i was about ready to post about how that's a heck of a detour!
66 KcrwFlyer : Everything is loaded in the booking engine. booksecure.flybranson.com
67 stlgph : the website for FlyBranson specifies Hobby.
68 evanbu : Here's an interesting fact- If you try to book a flight through the website, it allows you to "connect" or "stop" in Branson and continue on. For exam
69 surfandsnow : Ok, HOU is one of America's largest cities, and AUS is quite big too. DSM isn't large, but its not tiny either and I guess a lot of Iowans like to go
70 evanbu : Keep in mind G4 makes a killing at DSM in regards to business. The flights out of Des Moines are always full and filling a 50 seat XRJ or LRJ out of
71 PlanesNTrains : A selling point might indeed be the lack of [convenient] scheduled service to vacation spots. If you live in Terre Haute and want to take the family
72 PI731 : CLT va US!!! They would love to get their hands on free money
73 Post contains links mariner : I don't think Shreveport is untested. I believe Expressjet flew to Branson for the Christmas season. They certainly announced the service: http://sbj
74 stlgph : i've said it once and i'll say it again - Iowans make up the largest number out of state tourists for the Branson area. if Des Moines does well - woul
75 sldispatcher : Living in SHV, if I may respond: They did test it and did well (why else would they come back?). Additionally, this area is limited with regards to e
76 Post contains images PPVRA : Phew, at least that makes two of us. I thought I was by myself here for a sec
77 MtnWest1979 : Doesn't Sun Country get the exclusive Dallas route? One bonus to fly to BKG is route exclusivity. Wonder if that precludes metro areas or airports???
78 MtnWest1979 : I like how you save $2 by booking online. You get hit $11.25 (each way) booking online or calling in. + $2 more if you call. They probably hit you wit
79 Post contains images mayor : I was thinking the same thing. All that route will get you is LIT, FSM (wave as you go thru) and OKC.
80 BMI727 : There are plenty of other parts of the country and world that I don't care much for. But Branson (and southern Missouri in general) have rightly earn
81 sldispatcher : Will be interesting to follow. Seems like this vacation model is growing, but it really is more of a novelty. I expect other communities to follow su
82 Post contains links MCIFlyer : Press release from the Branson Airport..... sorry for excessive length. Best to leave it intact. Nonstop Service to Five Destinations, More On the Way
83 IlliniCMI : Well, I guess that's something. How did they decide on these cities?
84 RJNUT : Ok i am going to check out Des Moines to Austin and take "advantage" of the connecting options mentioned in the article..i like this feature!
85 sldispatcher : It will be interesting to see how many connecting folks they wind up with. I'd say less than 1%, but it IS nice that it is being allowed.
86 Post contains images mariner : I'm guessing that in some cases they'll get zilch, but in others - maybe some. It might work better if they could also book through on the other two
87 RJNUT : What do you wanna bet they are mostly those desperate folks from Terre Haute...The airport there would be smart to promote the connections ,as they h
88 GentFromAlaska : Possibly a first in aviation. Whistle stop service.
89 FATFlyer : LOL, my old airline schedules call it Flag Stop Service.
90 mariner : Hey, why not? I don't know if its a first - I've done some very complex itineraries on puddle jumpers - but as noted in post #87 places like HUF may
91 ckfred : For some time, a lot of airlines list Springfield, Mo as Springfield/Branson. Would it be conceivable that some carriers might shift operations from S
92 HeeseokKoo : https://booksecure.flybranson.com/ Connection seems quite okay between DSM and AUS: BKG-DSM 1000am-1100am DSM-BKG 1125am-1225pm 12356 BKG-AUS 0445pm-
93 GentFromAlaska : I know whistle stop is better understood as railroad terminology. The Alaska Marine Highway System (State Ferry) also uses the term in deciding to sa
94 IlliniCMI : I wondered this, too. Perhaps, but probably not in the same mass exodus from Fayetteville out to XNA. Drake Field couldn't expand any more to allow i
95 mariner : I don't know if many will switch, although a lot of folk seemed to have money on Allegiant doing it. But for the airlines at BKG, does it double for
96 RJNUT : You know like many on here, I have "poo-pooed" those "hick" folks that go down there but most are really nice people (as long as they dont bring up po
97 Post contains images MCIFlyer : Wait...drive 3 hours north to DSM, spend 2 hours checking-in/security/gate wait.... 1 hour flight..........sure isn't faster than the 4.5 hours to dr
98 exFATboy : Branson's almost an hour south of Springfield, so unless Branson Airport offered Allegiant dramatically lower landing fees I don't see this as likely
99 mariner : Call me dumb - I can be - but isn't that the classic LCC model? And you can bet that BKG is offering lower landing fees - and more. mariner
100 legacytravel : My guess would be OO flying at risk and code shared with FL. Similar to what they have in MKE. They could offer service to ATL, BWI and MKE. Just my h
101 sldispatcher : I think it is a very good possibility, but only if they think the SGF folks will drive south. Bargain hunters are notorious for the lengths they will
102 exFATboy : No, you're absolutely right - but Allegiant isn't a classic LCC. If they believe they'll lose passengers or have to offer lower fares to entice Sprin
103 IlliniCMI : True. It's about an hour drive from Springfield down to BKG. If fares are a lot cheaper, sure people will drive that far. From Springfield, you're 2
104 IlliniCMI : I know from experience that it's every bit of a 2 hour drive from Fayetteville to Branson on a winding road. I think you'd have a lot of trouble conv
105 Post contains images mariner : I wasn't talking about Allegiant. But they didn't and they have to work with what they've got. And - call me dumb again - but there must be a reasons
106 MoMan : I don't think so, SGF is the business center of the Missouri Ozarks and there isn't much business traffic going to Branson. Branson is located about
107 af773atmsp : Also SY with seasonal service to MSP and DFW.
108 mariner : Sun Country has taken BKG off their route map. I don't know if that is a temporary thing but there has been discussion that they won't be back this y
109 sldispatcher : I just don't see any carriers moving from Springfield to Branson. Doesn't make sense to me. Only comment Mariner made was in regards to history of so
110 IlliniCMI : Right. Which is why I doubt any big movement from SGF to BKG. As for the hotel packages, that's not BKG's fault, that's the airline's fault. There ar
111 Post contains images mariner : Southwest is, indeed, the great example. But the others do it, too. Both Airtran and Frontier preferred CAK to CLE, and have no reason to regret it.
112 IlliniCMI : I don't think I said you were. Others were.
113 Post contains images mariner : I guess I'm totally confused now. mariner
114 sldispatcher : So anyone care to speculate? If SY is out of the picture, I'd say DAL and MSP, I'd think a Huntsville, AL or Louisville/Lexington, KY might be a good
115 IlliniCMI : Seems like kind of an eclectic mix. Anybody know how they came to decide on these? As for others, I doubt we'll see another Texas city right away. I
116 AVLAirlineFreq : Branson is very popular in the Chicago market. What about RFD? And can F9 be far behind with MKE?
117 sldispatcher : It is interesting that they served RFD over XMas...and no announcement...yet. I am guessing that instead of announcing 10 or 12 markets at once, they
118 mariner : I would think so, too. Except that MKE-BKG was a total turkey for Airtran. I wasn't paying a lot of attention at the time, so I don't know why it wen
119 777fan : LOL - good thing this isn't "busliners.net!" I dunno what I was thinking (IND-OKC?!) but it certainly wasn't close! 777fan
120 sldispatcher : One would think that would be a natural considering the close relationship with the music styles/performers, etc. I would also think the vacation dem
121 BMI727 : Me neither. Branson is where you go if you can't go to Vegas, LA, or Orlando for some reason. Exactly. And business people are the ones willing to pa
122 mariner : Or if you don't want to gamble or if you don't want to mortgage your first-born child to buy a seat for a show? mariner
123 GlobalCabotage : Branson is indeed a popular route from Chicago. AA / UA / WN (who knows) could make this route a success. I do like the thougts of DAL-BKG-MDW on WN a
124 steex : The only difference is BKG isn't a free market. Since it is operated privately, BKG grants route exclusivity to its airlines. If they could convince
125 KcrwFlyer : Free market? Thats a private airport that's been granting exclusive rights to routes to airlines.
126 Post contains links mariner : There's a good article about this in the Springfield News Leader, which examines it all in some depth: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20102240420
127 RJNUT : thats stilll free market...you can go build your own airport and do the same thing!
128 ssides : No one's saying they're better than you. All we are saying is that (1) the lack of competition in Springfield/Branson, (2) the fact that it is primar
129 Post contains links GentFromAlaska : BNA is roughly 365 statute miles from BKG and roughly 275 statute miles from Pidgeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Dollyworld et all, in the Smokies. I guess th
130 iloveboeing : I totally disagree with you. Most people around here I talk to that fly drive to MCI or STL because the fares out of SGF are (and have been) outrageo
131 Post contains images mayor : Drama queen.
132 tys777 : Uhhh, I'm paying $600-$800 for most roundtrips out of BIS to the lower 48.I'd take $440 in a heartbeat, where do I sign up??.Heck, it was cheaper to
133 ItalianFlyer : Plus isnt SHV an XJ maint station? Might as well make the flight live and pay for a FA if you are going to ferry the plane anyway.
134 GentFromAlaska : Since when did BIS move north of the Border. I realize you are close to Canada. The last time I Iooked ND was still part of the Union and in the the
135 Post contains images mariner : Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought it was intentional and funny. mariner[Edited 2010-02-24 11:42:56]
136 sldispatcher : It is indeed a maintenance base. At one time we had all of the 135's here before they were ferried off. Also, at the end of ExpressJet Airlines life,
137 Post contains images BMI727 : Karl Marx does the airlines?
138 777fan : Bottom line: if the demand was there and the majors (including WN) thought it'd be a profitable endeavor, SGF would have more air service and honestl
139 ssides : If people couldn't afford the fares, there would be zero service to SGF. Obviously, some people are flying from there. $440 is a tad high, but not ou
140 IlliniCMI : I would love to see half that many, even. I'm OK with the $440 price point we're talking about, too. It does seem kind of silly that I get on an MQ f
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