Up through the mid or late '80s, there was also service to PPF (Parsons, KS
-Tri Cities Airport), about 70 miles west of JLN. Frontier used to fly CV
-580s between MCI
, stopping at PPF, Ponca City, OK
, and other small towns in Oklahoma and Texas.
Frontier got the route by buying Central Airlines in the late '60s, which flew the route with DC-3s.
In the mid '70s, Frontier turned the route over to Air Midwest flying 19-seat Metros.
JLN used to have one-stop service to ORD
, first with AA
-240s, then OZ
flying DC-9s. It was after the TWA merger that the route was switched over to commuter aircraft.
Part of the problem is that over the past 40 years, a lot of companies in southwest MO
and southeast KS
have moved plants to Arkansas, because it's less expensive to do business there. AA
started flying Fokkers to XNA
about 5 years ago, and the loads have been good.
The only reason that SGF still has service is that it's the closest airport to Branson.