The airline says its expanded service to Branson from late May comes in response to increased demand from customers for better access to the...

AirTran Airways is launching nonstop service in late May to Branson, Missouri from Baltimore/Washington International, Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby airports.

The airline says its expanded service to Branson comes in response to increased demand from customers for better access to the “Live Music Show Capital of the World”.

“Branson’s family-friendly sights and sounds make it one of America’s favorite vacation destinations,” says Tad Hutcheson, AirTran Airways’ vice president of marketing and sales. “AirTran Airways prides itself on customer service and moved quickly when the demand for more service to Branson became clear.”

This photograph shows an AirTran Airways Boeing 717. The airline has 86 of the type in service

Last year 8 million travelers visited Branson’s hotels, took in its wide array of entertainment options and enjoyed the area’s other attractions.

“Branson has been one of the top travel destinations in the U.S. for residents of Chicago, Houston and our nation’s capital region for several years,” says Jeff Bourk, Branson Airport’s executive director. “This new air service will make visiting ‘The Live Music Show Capital’ easier and more affordable than ever, while connecting Branson to virtually every corner of the country.”

AirTran Airways says the support it has experienced since launching commercial service from Branson has been excellent and Branson has proved to be a very strong market for it.

From May 28, AirTran Airways’ flight FL1578 will depart Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) for Branson Airport (BKG) weekly on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. and will land at BKG at 11:46 a.m. local time. In the other direction, flight FL1579 will leave BKG at 4:13 p.m. and will reach BWI at 7:37 p.m. local time.

From May 27, AirTran’s flight 1591 will leave Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3:46 p.m. and will arrive at BKG at 5:20 p.m. In the other direction, flight FL1590 will depart BKG at 1:36 p.m. and touch down at MDW at 3:06 p.m.

Beginning on May 26, AirTran Airways’ flight FL1595 will leave Houston’s William P Hobby Airport (HOU) on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. and reach BKG at 5:21 p.m. Flight FL1597 will depart HOU on Sundays at 10:10 a.m. and get to BKG at 11:46 a.m.

In the other direction, flight FL1594 will push back from the gate at BKG at 1:36 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thirsdays and Saturdays in order to make a 3:10 p.m. arrival at HOU. On Sundays, flight FL1596 will begin taxiing at BKG at 12:26 p.m. and land at HOU at 2:00 p.m.

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