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Old 03-01-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Springfield v. Branson/Allegiant v. AirTran

So sorry, I know, it's not the best time for a business as usual discussion, but we did not plan our first use of the Branson airport to not coincide with Mother Nature.

Before the fact, there was much discussion concerning the wisdom of building a new airport in the same service area of an existing regional airport. It was speculated that one or the other may do the other, or the other, in, by divvying up the business disproportionately (assuming there was business to be divvied up).

Some said, "If you build it, they will come", I guess assuming they were not already coming or having a second airport in the same area would tap into a whole new market. It's funny how fictional taglines are applied to reality as if they are axioms. Well, not funny funny.

Also kinda interesting is that Springfield also now has a new airport, a very nice one. Anyone see that coming?

One could say that the verdict is now in.

We have flown Allegiant to both Tampa (sorta) and Orlando (sorta) out of Springfield many times, and there has never been an empty seat. The service has been Spartan, but reliable and convenient.

Yesterday we had to opportunity to fly Airtran to and from Orlando and Branson, roundtrip. The service was reliable. It was convenient on the Branson end.

But, there was/were probably not 30 people on the flight back, the leg from Branson to Atlanta.

One could surmise that it is like much of the major decision-making in Branson, that big projects that appear to be a shot in the arm, or might be the shot in the arm, that Branson needs, wind up being another anchor. Public funds have been committed to the benefit of private individuals on a number of the major projects. Since the airport is, in fact, a private project, that should influence the powers-that-be in further committing public funds. You would think there is a limit to how far they would be willing to give away other people's money.

By the way, how's it gone in Branson for the person responsible, or most responsible, for the airport being built?

Incidentally, a website I found the other day hyping Branson said the airport is built on land once owned by Tennesse Ernie Ford. Anyone know if that is true, or just good copy?

As for the upside of the Branson airport, it's cute, and you get an nice aerial view.

Have a sunny day.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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I've flown Allegiant out of Springfield to LA once and to Vegas twice. I've flown Air Tran out of Branson to Orlando four times. I far prefer the Air Tran/Branson combination for the following reasons:

1) The fees on Allegiant are absolutely ridiculous. Assigned seat fees (not for premium seats... to have ANY assigned seat), a $40 "convenience fee" for booking a ticket over the internet (and you thought Ticketmaster was bad!), some of the highest checked baggage fees I've ever experienced, charge for soft drinks served during the flight, and on and on.

2) Parking in Branson is far closer to the airport than in Springfield. I think the Springfield airport designers were concerned that terrorists might pack nuclear weapons in the trunk of their cars and wanted to make sure they were far enough from the building that the blast would not impact the terminal.

3) Air Tran has daily flights to Orlando. Allegiant only flies there a few times a week. The Allegiant schedule may work when planning Orlando vacations. When you are flying to Orlando to take a cruise out of Port Canaveral it doesn't work so well... Allegiant seems to never fly on the day the cruise sets sail or returns.

4) Air Tran flies to MCO where Disney offers free transportation via the "Magical Express" to Disney resorts. Allegiant flies to Sanford where no such service is available.

5) Although Nixa where I live is much closer to Springfield than to Branson, it takes about the same time to get to either airport. Since the Springfield airport is at the far north end of Springfield you drive the entire distance through the city on streets with stoplights every few blocks. The only north-south freeway through Springfield is 65, located on the eastern edge of the city. The airport is on the western edge.

6) If you are willing to fly through Air Tran's hub in Atlanta you can get to virtually any destination in America. Allegiant flies out of Springfield to just a handful of destinations... many times to secondary airports with limited connections to elsewhere.

7) Air Trans weekly non-stop flights to Orlando are always packed. Their daily flights to Atlanta not so much, but then they have two flights a day vs. Allegiant's four times a week.

8) Branson airport has Famous Dave's. 'Nuff said.

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #4
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A few observations of my daughters - she's been flying to and from Orlando once a month for the last 2 years.


Daily flights via BKG (AirTran) are a plus - dd lives a couple miles from SGF (Allegiant) but appreciates the later in the day, daily return from Orlando.

Allegiant's flights to Sanford are an hour from Orlando, you have to rent a car to get from the airport to Disney. Like MNT mentioned, flying AirTran means you can be dropped off at the door to the resort, no rental needed.

DD has never had a flight delay with either AirTran or Allegiant of over half an hour in all her flights - she has had some substantial layovers in Atlanta with AirTran. She's had the option of being bumped on more than one occasion - but unable to accept the 2 RT to anywhere in the US offer, due to scheduling her flights so that she can spend every minute possible in Florida. She prefers the direct no layover option offered by Allegiant, but uses AirTran for her return about every other flight, because it gives her an extra day in Florida. She always compares price - it's almost always cheaper to fly SGF.

She NEVER pays for a seat, even when her daughter is with her - and never takes a check in bag, regardless who she's flying with.

Branson charges to drive through the parking lot - Springfield allows 30 minutes free - AND they have a cell phone lot at the edge of the airport, so they can call, and you can pull through, pick up your traveler w/o even pulling into the parking lot.


MNT - from Nixa, the easy way to get the Springfield Airport IMO, would be to drive from 14 and 160 north to James River Expressway - JRE west to West Bypass, north to Chestnut, or JRE to I44. I take that route, in reverse a couple times a week - it's a much easier drive than 65 IMO.
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MNT - from Nixa, the easy way to get the Springfield Airport IMO, would be to drive from 14 and 160 north to James River Expressway - JRE west to West Bypass, north to Chestnut, or JRE to I44. I take that route, in reverse a couple times a week - it's a much easier drive than 65 IMO.
I've tried that route and it seems better than some of the others. One I haven't tried but am curious about... how far out of the way would it be to stay on JRE until I44 and then double back east?



I can sure tell you one way NOT to take... Campbell to Chestnut Expressway!!

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I've tried that route and it seems better than some of the others. One I haven't tried but am curious about... how far out of the way would it be to stay on JRE until I44 and then double back east?



I can sure tell you one way NOT to take... Campbell to Chestnut Expressway!!

You would back track on I44, Mile Marker 69 to Mile Marker 72 - so approx 3 miles - BUT if you take that route, it's almost exclusively 70 mph, and not a stop light to be had until you exit I44.

My dd use to work on South Campbell at JRE and lives near the airport, I don't think it ever occurred to either of us that it was even possibe to drive down South Campbell to get there! That's like driving from 65 down 76 to get to SDC - why would you do it?
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