AirTran Airways is beginning weekly nonstop flights between Branson Airport in Missouri and Orlando International Airport on December 19.

AirTran Airways is beginning weekly nonstop flights between Branson Airport (BBG) in Missouri and Orlando International Airport (MCO) on December 19.

The airline will operate its new Orlando-Branson service with Boeing 717s.


“We are excited to connect two of the most popular entertainment destinations in our network,” says Kevin Healy, senior vice president of marketing and planning for AirTran Airways.

On Saturdays, AirTran’s flight FL 1588 will depart MCO and arrive at BBG at 2:45 p.m. The return flight, FL 1589, is timed to leave BBG at 3:20 p.m. and reach MCO at 6:40 p.m.

A Boeing 717 of AirTran Airways, which is by far the largest operator of the type in the world

A Boeing 717 of AirTran Airways, which is by far the largest operator of the type in the world

In December of 2008, AirTran Airways became the first major U.S. carrier to offer service out of Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States. AirTran operates flights between Branson and the airline’s biggest hub at Atlanta.

“The addition of low-cost nonstop Orlando service is a welcomed addition to AirTran’s presence at Branson Airport,” says Jeff Bourk, executive director, Branson Airport. “The new service will make it easy and convenient for folks, in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas to travel to the exciting vacation destination of Orlando to enjoy the beautiful weather during the winter months.”