The NTSB has secured the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that erroneously landed yesterday at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) in Hollister, Mo., rather than its originally intended destination of Branson Airport.
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The new Branson Airport in Missouri held a grand opening in May, and the privately owned and -financed airport opened its doors to general aviation traffic at its new FBO, Branson JetCenter.
A new privately funded $155 million, 900-acre regional airport will open May 11 in Branson, Mo. The towered airfield will feature a 7,140-foot-long concrete runway,
The new Branson Airport serving the popular Branson, Mo. tourist destination has a slightly confusing airport identifier. The official FAA location identifier is BBG (ICAO KBBG), but airlines and their passengers will use the International Air Transport Association code BKG. BBG was unavailable for the IATA code because it is already used for Butaritari Airport in Kiribati in the Gilbert Islands chain in the South Pacific.
The new Branson Airport, scheduled to open on May 11 next year, has hired former Signature Flight Support Boston operations manager Sharon Morris to be the FBO and airline services manager. Branson Airport is a privately financed $155 million airport being built to serve the growing tourism market in Branson, Mo. The airport is building and will operate the FBO.
A privately owned and developed airport is under construction eight miles south of Branson, Mo., designed to serve vacationers flying to the Branson area, including airlines and general aviation traffic. The developers of the new airport, Aviation Facilities of McLean, Va., have accepted no federal funds to build and operate the airport, according to executive director Jeff Bourk.