NEWS: Southwest adding non-stop service to Branson

Branson, Missouri is officially the 79th city to be added to the Southwest Airlines team roster.

March 9, 2013 will mark the official transition from AirTran Airways to Southwest Airlines at its Branson Airport station. On that day, the first official scheduled nonstop flights operated on Southwest Airlines, will depart to: Houston Hobby, Dallas Love Field and Chicago Midway. One Saturday-only nonstop flight between Branson and Orlando is also planned.

By adding direct and connecting flights, Southwest Airlines will offer service between Branson and 67 Southwest cities. Compared to last year's AirTran Airways service for the same time period, Southwest Airlines this year will nearly be tripling the number of weekly seats, to and from the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.”

To celebrate the new Branson service, Southwest announced a fare sale of $79* one-way between Branson and Dallas (Love Field), Chicago (Midway) or Houston (Hobby), as well as $99 to Orlando. These fares must be booked by Sept. 6, 2012, for travel between March 9, 2013 and April 11, 2013 (blackout date of April 2, 2013, applies). To take advantage of these special fares, visit

“Southwest Airlines is proud to bring low fares, great Customer Service and our red-bellied 737s to Branson,” said Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines’ vice president of airport affairs.  “We are looking forward to serving the community and offering more new destinations to Branson customers.”

“Not only are we excited for the positive effect that the Southwest Airlines brand will have on the Branson Airport, but for the positive economic impact it will have on the surrounding communities” said Jeff Bourk, executive director of Branson Airport.  “Southwest has the ability to bring in passengers that never had the ability to fly to Branson in the past, because of that we should see a great increase to the number of visitors who choose to fly to Branson.”

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