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FL New Non-stop MDW-BKG  
User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 962 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

In time for summer vacations FL introduces a new non-stop service from MDW to BKG.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel...o-branson-20110614,0,1189974.story

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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2897 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4603 times:

The good folks of Branson have decided to buy themselves a whole bunch of FL flights this year - ATL (2x daily, but already established), MCO (1x weekly, but already established), MDW (4x weekly), HOU (4x weekly), and BWI (1x weekly), all supposedly year round. Seems like a pretty bold move, since FL can't really count on any WN to help these flights. But I presume so long as the money is there, as it is/was with ECP, WN will be happy to keep serving BKG going forward.


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User currently onlinekcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3844 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4531 times:

If it were legal, I'm pretty sure all of the new flights would be flying on one engine. fwiw, I think MCO was a "gift" from FL... kind of a buy 14 (now 21) get 1 free type thing.

User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4519 times:

Chicago is a huge market for Branson, so in some ways this isn't a surprise.

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4470 times:

Quoting AVLAirlineFreq (Reply 3):
Chicago is a huge market for Branson

On what do you base that assertion? I grew up in Chicago, and I'm not sure I could locate Branson on a map until I moved to Missouri.



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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5542 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4459 times:

Half off-topic but... MCO-BKG? I'm trying to figure out who and why anyone would fly between these two cities? Even once a week, FL can make this work? Interesting.

bb


User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4444 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):
On what do you base that assertion? I grew up in Chicago, and I'm not sure I could locate Branson on a map until I moved to Missouri.

What age are you? If you are under 65, that's perfectly understandable.


User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4420 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 5):
Half off-topic but... MCO-BKG? I'm trying to figure out who and why anyone would fly between these two cities? Even once a week, FL can make this work? Interesting.

They are presumably anticipating drawing from Springfield and much of southwest MO and northwest AR as well.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4420 times:

Quoting AVLAirlineFreq (Reply 6):
If you are under 65, that's perfectly understandable.

Yes and no - from St Louis, Branson attracts a pretty wide swath of ages (probably still skewed toward the over 65 set, but not exclusively those folks by any means).



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineMCOGVADCA From China, joined Oct 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4370 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 5):
Half off-topic but... MCO-BKG? I'm trying to figure out who and why anyone would fly between these two cities? Even once a week, FL can make this work? Interesting.

My thinking is two-fold: The first would be folks from Branson and surrounding areas going to see the Mouse and friends. An airline can fill a plane to Orlando once a week from almost anywhere in the country; making money on such a route is a different story. Second: The Villages! Lots of elderly and conservative people, many from the Midwest originally, who would be enticed by a vacation in Branson, (No offense to the good folks of Branson, but personally not my cup of tea). Daily? Nope. Once a week? Sure.



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User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1069 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4347 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 8):
Yes and no - from St Louis, Branson attracts a pretty wide swath of ages (probably still skewed toward the over 65 set, but not exclusively those folks by any means).

I can see why they think Chicago would perform well--it's a 9-hour drive. I'm not saying it will do well, but I understand the logic. (And to answer your original question, I have friends in business there.)


User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15809 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4267 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 8):
(probably still skewed toward the over 65 set, but not exclusively those folks by any means).

Some of them drag unfortunate kids and grandkids along as a family vacation.



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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3858 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

If WN plans to stay at BKG, I think when WN & FL are on a SOC, you'll see something like this

That would provide:

1. Nonstop Service between DAL & BKG,
2. Nonstop service between MDW & BKG
3. Connecting service from other cities in Texas through DAL to BKG (XXX-DAL-BKG)
4. Connecting service from other cities through MDW to BKG (XXX-MDW-BKG)
5. One-stop direct service between DAL & MDW.

And since you have to stop somewhere within the Wright Amendment perimeter in order to get from DAL to MDW, BKG seems as good of a place to stop as any, simply because it's not "out-of-the-way."

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):
I grew up in Chicago, and I'm not sure I could locate Branson on a map until I moved to Missouri.

You don't have to find it on a map, that's what all those computer and GPS and nav thingies in the cockpit are for  


User currently offlineusxguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 5):
Half off-topic but... MCO-BKG? I'm trying to figure out who and why anyone would fly between these two cities? Even once a week, FL can make this work? Interesting.

Don't forget that Walmart & Tyson foods headquarters are barely an hour drive from Branson...



xx
User currently offlineuncGSO From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

and we cant even get a MCO-GSO nonstop....wow

User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):
I grew up in Chicago, and I'm not sure I could locate Branson on a map until I moved to Missouri.

I didn't even know such a place existed until FL announced MKE-BKG a while back.



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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5542 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3471 times:

Quoting uncGSO (Reply 15):
and we cant even get a MCO-GSO nonstop....wow

... and FL couldn't make MCO-SAN work a few years ago just 2x weekly (and when oil prices were still reasonable!)

bb


User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 5):
I'm trying to figure out who and why anyone would fly between these two cities? Even once a week, FL can make this work? Interesting.

As I recall when i used to book corporate travel in Springfield, the owners of Silver Dollar City were constantly going to Orlando, for some reason or another.Not sure of the connection exactly. Also , some musicians and perfomers in Branson may also do gigs at Disney.?!, with the amount of shows in Branson, the behind the scene staffing would be huge and those people would probably need to travel, which was previously entirely thru SGF!


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6694 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

Quoting MCOGVADCA (Reply 9):
My thinking is two-fold: The first would be folks from Branson and surrounding areas going to see the Mouse and friends. An airline can fill a plane to Orlando once a week from almost anywhere in the country; making money on such a route is a different story. Second: The Villages! Lots of elderly and conservative people, many from the Midwest originally, who would be enticed by a vacation in Branson, (No offense to the good folks of Branson, but personally not my cup of tea). Daily? Nope. Once a week? Sure.

I think you are precisely right. Lots of old people in Florida and old people tend to love Branson...sounds like a match.


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