Southwest Airlines to Start Service to Branson

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BRANSON, Mo. — AirTran Airways, which is soon to be converted to the Southwest Airlines fleet, is set to begin daily nonstop service from Branson to Chicago and Houston starting in mid-April.

According to a statement from Branson Airport, flyers will be able to connect to other destinations from Chicago and Houston – two major Southwest Airlines markets.

“These new daily flights to Chicago and Houston are very exciting because Chicago and Houston are large visitation markets for Branson” stated Branson Airport executive director Jeff Bourk in a statement.  “Ultimately, these routes will tie into the Southwest network, giving passengers many more low cost choices to get where our passengers want to go.”

Southwest Airlines on Friday announced plans to continue service to Branson as they absorb the AirTran fleet into their operations.

“We are committed to continuing to serve these communities—at first via AirTran, and eventually as Southwest. We know there are Southwest Customers who want access to these cities, but have never before had the opportunity, and the markets have long desired Southwest service,” said Southwest Airlines executive vice president & chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways president Bob Jordan in a statement. “We are excited about the cities we have chosen to keep in our combined network.”

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