Airtran first to Branson, MO (exclusive rights)

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http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2008-12-10-branson-airport_N.htm

AirTran first airline to sign on at new Branson Airport
By Roger Yu, USA TODAY

An investor group planning the USA's only privately developed and operated commercial airport, in Branson, Mo., has recruited AirTran as the resort destination's first airline.
The discount carrier will operate one round-trip flight a day from its hub in Atlanta starting May 11, when the $150 million Branson Airport opens for commercial service. The fares will start at about $200 round trip, and the airline may launch other routes in Branson in the future, says AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson.
AirTran and Branson Airport officials plan to make a formal announcement Thursday.
Known for its mass-market entertainment and country music shows, Branson, which has about 7,500 residents, has no commercial airport, although it hosted about 8 million visitors last year. Nearly 90% of its visitors drive or take a tour bus, says Ross Summers, CEO of Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Those who fly usually land at Springfield-Branson National Airport, which is 55 miles north of Branson, or Drake Field in Fayetteville, Ark., which is 108 miles south.
Jeff Bourk, executive director of Branson Airport, says talks are continuing with other airlines, and he hopes to line up other carriers by May.
Construction began in July 2007 after Branson Airport, the company that owns and financed the airport, obtained funding. Its sole 7,140-foot runway has been completed. Its 58,000-square-foot terminal will have four gates, enough to handle about 1 million boardings a year.
Steve Peet, CEO of Branson Airport, says he was a passive investor in past attempts to develop the airport but took an active role in 2004 to spearhead the project. He raised $35 million of equity funding and $114 million in debt financing. Peet is also an owner of McLean, Va.-based Aviation Facilities, an airport consulting company that's also the lead developer of Branson Airport.
Branson will pay the airport $8.24 for each arriving passenger, capped at $2 million a year. Also, much of the airport's land has been donated to the county, which reduces the airport's property taxes.
To attract AirTran, Branson Airport gave the airline exclusive rights to serve the airport from Atlanta and other cities for "a period of time," Bourk says. He declined to elaborate on other assistance. "We're not writing a check for $5 million or anything crazy like that. That's all I can say."
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Yeeeeeessss!!!!!!

HA! HA! HA!, Take that DELTA!!!!, you guys might get to fly to Europe, Asia and Africa, but Branson is all ours!!!!!!!!
 
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I know where I'm going on my honeymoon!!!! haha
 

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That is a joke to the free market system. Tax payer dollars helped build that airport so let the tax payers have the choice on who they want to fly on. Competition is good or so I thought......
 

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Airtran only goes to these places because there is an incentive package involved. When the incentive goes away, they usually do too--- ala Myrtle Beach and Gulfport; or one city offers them more of an incentive ala Pensacola vs Valparaiso (Eglin AFB). Other cities are trapped by arrangements made by the city's chamber of commerce-- Wichita...
 
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I'm not going to get too excited about it, if it makes money, SWA will come and take it away.
 

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That is a joke to the free market system. Tax payer dollars helped build that airport so let the tax payers have the choice on who they want to fly on. Competition is good or so I thought......
Your post is a joke to reading comprehension skills. The article is about a PRIVATE company that built a PRIVATE airport.
 

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The problem with Privatization is the benefits of public space and what an airport brings to the public sphere is negated by the gains to a private company...

I know, I know, what is the big deal..... right...?
 

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That is a joke to the free market system. Tax payer dollars helped build that airport so let the tax payers have the choice on who they want to fly on. Competition is good or so I thought......

Zero taxpayer dollars went into that airport. Zero.

It's 100% their sandbox so they get the right to decide who gets to play.
 

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The problem with Privatization is the benefits of public space and what an airport brings to the public sphere is negated by the gains to a private company...

I know, I know, what is the big deal..... right...?
That is beyond absurd. Branson did not have air service. The municipal government did not make it a priority. The taxpayers did not make it a priority. The voters did not make it a priority. A private company stepped in and put forth the capital to build an airport to bring dollars into the town. And there you stand insinuating that their desire to see a return on their investment which, mind you, ultimately increases the well-being of the people of Branson, is in some way wrong.

Should we just go ahead and outlaw the idea of private enterprise? Would that make you feel better?

And you have the audacity to have the Declaration of Independence in your Avatar....
 

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The problem with Privatization is the benefits of public space and what an airport brings to the public sphere is negated by the gains to a private company...

I know, I know, what is the big deal..... right...?

Once again, Rez O' D0uchebag chimes in, without any understanding of the subject matter, but with a clear disregard of the facts . . . .

Yet another attempt to advance his Socialist agenda . . . Bet he's got the ALPA moustache from hell!

What a Mangina! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
 
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Airtran only goes to these places because there is an incentive package involved. When the incentive goes away, they usually do too--- ala Myrtle Beach and Gulfport; or one city offers them more of an incentive ala Pensacola vs Valparaiso (Eglin AFB). Other cities are trapped by arrangements made by the city's chamber of commerce-- Wichita...
You girls wouldn't be around had you not gotten preferential treatment in regard to JFK use.
 

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We drop GPT(cause the casinos aren't paying anymore) and SAV...but BRANSON freakin Missouri is added. Man, I know where my next vaca will be:rolleyes: Another one horse town we now fly to....yee haw...1 flight a day..

What's next? Maybe Oklahoma City? Santa Fe?
 
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Once again, Rez O' D0uchebag chimes in, without any understanding of the subject matter, but with a clear disregard of the facts . . . .

Yet another attempt to advance his Socialist agenda . . . Bet he's got the ALPA moustache from hell!

What a Mangina! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
Seems to be his norm!!!! He's amusing, but in a pathetic way.
 

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Can labor conduct informational picketing at a private airport? Do the owners of a private airport have to allow labor to demonstrate? Whereas, on a public airport, labor does have the right to access public domains.

Ty Webb- This would be an excellent opportunity for Airtran pilots to conduct informational picketing at this new airport..... it would get allot of local press and raise awareness with passengers. It could get the plight of Airtran pilots in the national eye.

On the other hand, Airtran management wouldn't like it.... but ther real question is.....will the airport let you do it..... I am guessing no. They do not want any "issues" with their new airport. Labor unrest one of them. But since it is not a public airport... you have not even the chance...

Losing the public domian and giving control to a corporation is not good for democracy. What is not good for democracy is not good for labor. Labor needs democracy to succeed. Without democracy we are just indentured servants to a capitialist system... like China. You like China?

Good luck with that contract Ty.... it looks like your pilot group is going to need it! Not because of picketing a private airport.... but becuase you just don't seem to get it....

Privatization is B-A-D.
 

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Can labor conduct informational picketing at a private airport? Do the owners of a private airport have to allow labor to demonstrate? Whereas, on a public airport, labor does have the right to access public domains. blah blah blah blah blah blah......
Yep, picketing at the Branson International Mega-port is at the top of my list! Just think of the lost opportunity of not being able to carry a picket sign around such a thriving labor friendly metropolis.

Oh, and the China thing....genius, absolutely genius!
Are you inline for any sort of cabinet appointment in the next administration? If not they are missing out on one of the great thinkers of the last century! You go girl!
 

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Chicago Midway's airport is looking at privatization. What's next.... The Hartsfeld? Then again, when was the last time AirTran pilots picketed?


Who do you (or we) think you guys are? For some reason Air Line Pilots think they are the total masters of thier economic world, when in fact, we are simply corporate tools.

You will show up to work and you will fly the jet. No questions asked. Just do it.

The fact is you think you can do allot, but in reality you can do very little and privatization makes you able to do less.

Fact is if Airtran pilots picketed Branson Airport it would be huge for you.... the press and attention to your plight to get a better contract would be priceless. You could purchase better PR.
 
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