Monday, September 17, 2012

Southwest Airlines Lands in Branson

 Southwest Airlines recently announced their intention to begin flying into and out of the new Branson National Airport beginning in May of 2013.  This marks the 79th city to be added to the Southwest Airlines team roster.  Folks will be able to travel nonstop to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, Chicago Midway, and Orlando.

Schultz Surveying & Engineering was honored to be involved with the Branson Airport initial construction by doing the construction staking and land surveying for the $113 million dollar project.  Currently the Branson Airport has six nonstop destinations and one stop connecting service to more than 100 major cities in the United State.  Nonstop destinations include: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Houston and Orlando on AirTran Airways; and Denver on Frontier Airlines. 

SSE's Lucas Case & Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
 pose for a photo after discussing the economic impact
of Southwest Airlines 'landing' in Branson
Known for the unique airport experience and superb customer service, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States.  It is currently serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, Branson AirExpress, and most currently Southwest Airlines and this allows passengers the ability to access over 100 destinations all on low cost carriers. 

To welcome Southwest Airlines to the Branson area, the Branson Airport and Southwest Airlines threw a public-wide ‘pep rally.’  This rally included special appearances from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Johnny Morris, Jack and Peter Herschend, Tony Orlando, Neil Smith, and many others.  It also included performances by The Blues Brothers, SIX, and Legend of Kung Fu.

Branson Airport Exec. Dir. Jeff Bourk
Governor Nixon commented, “When it comes to our state’s economy—specifically the tourism industry—Branson is a pillar of our strength, and a leader in our continued growth.  Already this year, Branson has welcomed nearly 3 million travelers.  That’s enough folks to fill 22,000 of Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737’s.” 

Branson Airport Executive Director, Jeff Bourk, said, "With this announcement comes great opportunity for this region to continue its growth and become a hub for business and leisure travel. With the help of Schultz Engineering in the early process of the Branson Airport's conception, our community and our state have prospered these last few years and will continue to do so."

SSE Owner, Stan Schultz
Stan Schultz, owner of SSE, concluded, “We were honored to be selected out of the many firms who placed bids to work on the Branson Airport.  SSE strives to save our customers money and providing the quality service they want and need.  My family utilizes the Branson Airport on numerous occasions and we are thrilled that Southwest Airlines has added their stamp of approval.”

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