BRANSON, MO,(Press Release) December 18, 2008 – The first class hospitality promised by officials of the new Branson Airport now extends beyond the terminal. Branson Gray Line, the locally owned and operated transportation experts, will exclusively operate all taxi, shuttle, limousine, luxury coach, charter bus and ground transportation services at the new facility, set to open in May 2009. This announcement comes just one week after Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., announced that AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Air Tran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), will be the first national network carrier to serve the new airport when it opens next spring.
"My goal is pretty simple—to work in tandem with airport staff to provide a first-class hospitality experience like no other," Scott Thompson, president of Branson Gray Line said.
"The exceptional service you'll get from AirTran and the Branson Airport won't end when you land or leave the terminal. It's our goal to make sure that whether you're a tourist or a local, a family or an individual, here on vacation or here on business, you receive the most professional and efficient service possible, otherwise, I haven't done my job," Thompson said.
Between now and the time the airport opens, officials at Branson Gray Line will be working tirelessly to organize services between area accommodations and the Branson Airport. As the exclusive provider of shuttle services for the airport, Branson Gray Line will be responsible for maintaining hotel and resort courtesy shuttles for those properties interested in offering such a service to their guests. Branson Gray Line recently came to an agreement with the Radisson Hotel in Branson and will serve as the exclusive transportation provider to the Radisson, offering timely transportation services to both individuals and groups staying at the property.
"This is a very exciting time for us. Getting people where they need to go is our business, and we're good at it. The Branson Airport is going to bring a whole new market of travelers to the area, and we're ready to meet all their transportation needs. It's been a long time coming," Thompson said.