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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 5:00 pm | Updated: 8:44 am, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

Branson Airport, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against various contractors claiming faulty design, engineering and construction to the Branson Airport. Because of these issues, the lifespan of certain improvements has been shortened and maintenance costs have increased.

“It is not our practice to comment on pending litigation” said Jeff Bourk, executive director of the Branson Airport. “However, it is important to let the general public know that there is no impact on the safety of the Branson Airport.”

The airport runway and all other airport facilities are inspected regularly per strict Federal Aviation Administration guidelines (as are all commercial service airports in the country) and the airport meets or exceeds all safety requirements.

The airport is currently serviced by Southwest Airlines with daily service to Chicago, Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Orlando, Fla. Frontier Airlines has daily service to Branson from Denver, Colo. The network connections available through these two airlines create the ability to connect to most major cities in the U.S.

The airport opened for business in May 2009. Passenger volume at the airport has increased steadily from approximately 45,000 in 2009 to an estimated 140,000 in 2013. Southwest Airlines started service in Branson in March 2013 make it the 79th city added to the Southwest network, greatly expanding the choices offered to air travelers. Southwest Airlines recently announced the expansion of its winter schedule in Branson by 266 percent over last winter’s schedule flown by AirTran Airways (Southwest Airlines purchased AirTran Airways in May 2011). Also, Frontier Airlines expanded its fall schedule by 42 percent between September and December 2013 over last year.

To make reservations or for more information regarding Branson Airport and its services, call 417-334-8857 or visit FlyBranson.com.

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