iowaman
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New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:53 am

My uncle had been down there last week and said there was a new airport being built S. of there by Hollister (Missouri). There is a 4 lane highway that dead ends there where it's going to be built (supposely). He also said it's supposed to be Int'l. What's the deal here? What airlines might serve it? Just curious as to why there building it. It's a little ways to SGF but not to far.
 
SonOfACaptain
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:12 am

Does Branson have any service right now? I personally think they could support a US Airways Express 1900 from MCI.

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iowaman
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:20 am

SonOfACaptain,

If you count SGF yes, otherwise no.

SGF service:
Denver, CO Air Wisconsin 598 12:38 PM Arrived
Denver, CO Air Wisconsin 594 02:42 PM Arrived
Chicago, IL American Eagle 933 09:40 AM Arrived
Dallas, TX American Eagle 663 09:49 AM Arrived
Chicago, IL American Eagle 940 01:51 PM Arrived
Dallas, TX American Eagle 609 02:23 PM Arrived
Dallas, TX American Eagle 769 04:09 PM Arrived
Chicago, IL American Eagle 935 04:20 PM Arrived
Dallas, TX American Eagle 763 06:56 PM In Flight
Dallas, TX American Eagle 699 08:24 PM Scheduled
Chicago, IL American Eagle 937 10:04 PM Scheduled
Dallas, TX American Eagle 647 10:24 PM Scheduled
Cincinnati, OH Atlantic Coast Airlines 6064 04:50 PM Arrived
Cincinnati, OH Atlantic Coast Airlines 6066 10:40 PM Scheduled
Des Moines, IA Champion Air 2661 07:31 PM Planned
Cincinnati, OH Comair Inc. 156 09:52 AM Arrived
Detroit, MI Express Airlines 5841 09:23 AM Arrived
Memphis, TN Express Airlines 5785 10:33 AM Arrived
Minneapolis, MN Express Airlines 2883 11:24 AM Arrived
Minneapolis, MN Express Airlines 2885 04:35 PM Arrived
Memphis, TN Mesaba Aviation 3684 03:22 PM Arrived
Memphis, TN Mesaba Aviation 3686 08:10 PM Scheduled
Chicago, IL Sky West 6933 10:02 AM Arrived
Chicago, IL Sky West 6918 11:31 AM Arrived
Chicago, IL Sky West 6856 03:55 PM Arrived
Denver, CO Sky West 6633 06:01 PM Arrived
Chicago, IL Sky West 6935 09:24 PM Scheduled
Denver, CO Sky West 6714 09:57 PM Scheduled
Saint Louis, MO Trans States Airlines 5490 10:28 AM Arrived
Saint Louis, MO Trans States Airlines 5532 03:18 PM Arrived
Saint Louis, MO Trans States Airlines 5559 07:55 PM Scheduled

The Champion Air flight must be a charter.
 
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:34 am

Currently, there's pretty much just the College of the Ozarks Airport in Branson which is large enough for small props and very small jets. I never heard of plans for a new airport in Branson so I did some searching and I found this: http://www.bransonair.net/ . There's not a lot of details. I don't think Branson alone can support scheduled air service, even with the tourism there. Maybe I'm wrong. This airport looks like it will be better suited for larger bizjets and props with some charters.
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:27 am

When you consider that the Branson area is a major US tourist destination (over 8 million visitors a year, and a projected 10 million by 2010), a larger airport there does make sense. On a related note, how far away is XNA from there?
 
iowaman
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:01 am

On a related note, how far away is XNA from there?

I would guess around 60 or 70 miles by looking at the map. Doesn't sound all that far, but most is 2 lane and curvey/slow.

Very interesting. It would be neat to see it open in 2005. Looking at the airport website, they have stars in MSP, DEN, PHX, DTW, ATL, CLT and DEN, possibly meaning they would like air service from those cities. Wonder what runway length they are looking at, maybe the 6,000 to 9,000 foot range? Also I wonder about the gates, I was thinking around 8 or 10 maybe.
 
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:43 am

Does Branson have any service right now? I personally think they could support a US Airways Express 1900 from MCI.

Air Midwest is not interested in opening new routes that are not EAS.

Air Midwest dropped MCI-SGF in 2001 or 2002.

In 2001, Air Midwest served MCI-CID/DDC/DSM/FOE/GBD/GCK/HYS/ICT/LIT/LNK/MHK/OMA/SGF/SLN/XNA.

Today, Air Midwest serves MCI-DDC/GBD/GCK/HYS/LIT/MHK/SLN. I believe LIT is the only one remaining that is unsubsidized.
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:58 am

Boy I am sure that SGF is not happy about this, considering it is called the Springfield-Branson regional airport. SGF is trying to build a new midfield terminal in the next couple years, should increase capacity and from what I understand they are trying to get Branson to partner instead of get their own airport. The road between SGF-Branson is much better and 4 lane (was there 2 weeks ago).

I'm not sure Branson would do all that well having an airport on it's own and I'm sure it would hurt SGF. I've done a few flights out of there and thought they were all great.

XNA isn't really any competition to SGF for Branson because as Iowaman says, the roads are 2 lane curvy and dangerous. XNA is mainly for Wal-Mart. I think that even DL has some flights from to from NY (not sure from which airport) just to serve Wal-Mart.

Personally, I think it would be in all of s/w Missouri's best interest to focus on SGF. I'd hate to see a competing airport so close. They lost quite a bit of service when TWA went out. I remember flying MD-80s and 727s to STL from there. Now's it's all small planes.

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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:40 pm

Yeah XNA does have flights to LGA but on MQ, not DL. MQ also operates flights to LAX from XNA.
 
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RE: New Airport At Branson?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:46 pm

Huge mistake IMO. Branson by itself would be very seasonal. Springfield would provide more year around travelers besides just the tourists. It's only a 30-45 min. drive to Branson.

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