Indianapolis International lands direct service to Branson

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Cue the banjo music—Indianapolis is getting direct air service to family-vacation hotspot Branson, Mo.

Houston-based ExpressJet on Sept. 10 will begin four weekly flights to Branson on behalf of Branson AirExpress, the Indianapolis Airport Authority announced Wednesday morning. ExpressJet will use Embraer 145 aircraft that seat about 50 passengers.

One-way introductory fares are $59. The service will have connecting flights, through Branson, to cities such as Austin and Houston.

“Branson Airport’s research indicates that, on average, 200 people a day from the greater Indianapolis area are making an 8-hour-plus drive to Branson,” said Chris Matney, air service director for the airport authority.

He noted that Branson AirExpress has been growing into other markets such as Des Moines, Iowa; Nashville, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.; and Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.

News that the airport would be making an announcement about a new carrier drew errant speculation that Las Vegas-based carrier Allegiant might be readying to begin service here.


  • Indy INTERNATIONAL...shouldn't it actually have...
    International flights, I've stated this before in a post a couple months ago..if you want to gain business from overseas, create jobs, etc. you need to start going after international airlines, i.e. British Airways, Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, Air France, etc...you want the claim of international..well you better start getting commercial international companies! So frustrating, I tell ya.
  • What about Work?
    I'm sure this has a lot more to do with businesses, investments, and jobs happening between Indy and Branson (a lot more than vacations!) to warrant the flights from Indy to Branson. So good luck to the people working in the economy and keeping jobs in the USA!
  • Big Deal
    Is this the best that can be done with our billion dollar investment? While any new service is a good thing, we really need international service. Enough with the big announcements for yet more puddle jumper flights. I expected more.
  • FAIL
    This qualifies as an EPIC FAIL for the airport authority. What a joke.
  • This is Silly
    This is kind of silly to me. I can't even formulate a comment that makes sense - I can only shake my head.
  • Huh?
    Is there really THAT much interest in Branson from the Indianapolis are to warrant 4 day a week flights?
  • What A Country!!!
    Now I can go see Yakov Smirnov whenever I want to!!!!!!!!!
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