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Branson Airport Announces Non-Stop Flights to Five New Destinations

New air services are coming to Southwest Missouri. Today (Tuesday), officials with the Branson Airport announced that new flights will begin in May. KSMU’s Justin Lux was at the press conference and files this report.

The Branson Airport announced plans to expand nonstop service to five new cities around the country under the banner of Branson AirExpress.

Beginning May 17, passengers will be able to fly nonstop from Branson to Austin, Texas, Houston, Texas and Des Moines, Iowa. There will be direct flights three days a week from Branson to Shreveport, Louisiana and Terre Haute, Indiana. The Branson Airport is contracting with Express Jet Airlines Inc. to provide this new service.

Branson Airport’s Jeff Bourk says this is an exciting time for the airline and expects the new services to provide travelers with more flexibility, but he also expects some new developments in the near future.

"Our plan is to announce several new destinations in the coming months to add to the Branson AirExpress operated by ExpressJet," says Bourk.

The airport, which opened less than a year ago, is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.