Pilots: don't confuse Branson ID

 - January 29, 2009, 10:43 AM

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. Branson Airport, which is privately owned and operated, opens May 11. General aviation visitors will be welcome to fly to Branson Airport, and the airport’s owners will be providing FBO services.