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Branson Airport begins Chicago, Indianapolis flights

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Branson Airport began sending flights to and from Chicago and Indianapolis this week, according to a Sept. 13 Branson Airport news release.

The flights are marketed as public charter by Branson AirExpress and operated by ExpressJet Airlines, the release said.

“Chicago and Indianapolis are great markets for us,” Branson Airport Executive Director Jeff Bourk said in the release. “The partnership between these destinations and Branson AirExpress allows us to offer low fares and continued convenience in getting to and from Branson.”

Cost of a one-way flight to Chicago is $69, while the cost of a one-way flight to Indianapolis is $59, the release said.

The service will operate Monday-Wednesday and Saturdays to and from Chicago Midway Airport and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to and from Indianapolis International Airport, the release said.

Branson AirExpress also provides public charter flights to Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Shreveport, La.; Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn., the release said.

Construction started on the nearly $150 million Branson Airport in 2002, and the airport opened May 11, 2009, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.

The airport also sends flights to Atlanta, Ga., and Orlando, Fla., via AirTran Airways and to Denver, Colo., and Milwaukee, Wis., via Frontier Airlines, according to SBJ.

The airport also began this week sending flights to Tunica, Miss.; Cancun, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla., and Miami, Fla., via AirTran.

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