Thursday, March 15, 2012

Branson airport announces nonstop service to Austin, Texas

The river light show in Branson
is still performing.
Branson Airport (BKG) announces seasonal nonstop service to and from Austin, Texas (AUS) beginning May 10. These flights are marketed as public charter flights by Branson AirExpress and operated by Corporate Flight Management (CFM).

The new non-stop service will operate on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Austin. This service will allow passengers to easily visit Branson, which offers more than 100 shows, several thrilling attractions, 3 pristine lakes, beautiful golf courses, and plenty of shopping. Branson claims to be the Live Music Show Capital of the world and shares many of the same entertainment vibes as Austin.

Allen Howell, CEO of CFM, stated “We are proud to support the Branson community and look forward to bringing air service to Branson, especially in light of the recent tornadoes.”

Downtown Branson is open for business.
Great shopping venues await visitors.
 “Austin was a strong market last year and the synergies that exist between Branson and Austin are fantastic,” states Branson Airport Executive Director, Jeff Bourk. “The joint venture between these cities, as well as Branson AirExpress and CFM, allows us to offer low fares and continued convenience for passengers getting to and from Branson, Missouri. “

Branson AirExpress will offer $99 introductory fares to and from Austin through March 14th. For tickets, call toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541) or visit  Book seven days prior to travel for the sale fare; fee for first checked bag is $20.

About Branson Airport

Opening in May 2009, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. The airport is served by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also offers a full service travel agency and public charter operator, FlyBranson Travel LLC. For more information on Branson Airport LLC and any of its subsidiaries, visit  

Update on tornado recovery

An EF-2 tornado touched down in Branson in the early morning hours of February 29, 2012. There were no fatalities in the Branson/Lakes area, although several minor injuries and significant property damage occurred.
In anticipation of the busy spring break season, recovery and rebuilding efforts continue rapidly, with many of the affected businesses reopening or scheduled to reopen in the coming days. “I’m so impressed with the determination to recover and get back to business for our citizens and guests,” says Dean Kruithof, Branson’s City Administrator.

Most of the storm damage to commercial areas was in localized sections of W 76 Country Boulevard (also known as the world famous “Branson Strip”) and the Branson Convention Center area. W 76 reopened to traffic on March 1, and visitors are traveling to and from attractions, shows and restaurants with only infrequent restricted access to certain sections.
Iconic store, Dick's 5 & 10 attracts shoppers.
Silver Dollar City, TITANIC Museum, and other major attractions are operating on schedule. Only two theaters of 50 had to delay performances after the storm, and only 22 of 200 hotels sustained damage. The city is open for business and eagerly welcoming visitors.

For updates, road closures, show schedule changes, affected attractions, restaurants, shops, etc. visit or call 800-296-0463.

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier

Read more travel articles at Striped Pot and Austin Adventure Travel

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