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New Colombia Regional Flight to Atlanta

Starting on June 7, Colombia Regional Airport will be offering a flight to Atlanta, Georgia.  The flight will be serviced by Delta Airlines and it will fly daily, departing Colombia Regional Airport at 10:10 am and returning from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 4:14 pm.  This flight will replace the midday flight to Memphis, one of three daily flights to that destination.  Patrick Lee, a resident of Ashland and a member of the Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board, said that the new Atlanta flight makes it easier for commuters to travel, giving them more options.

Lee said that prior to the new Atlanta flight, travelers and commuters could only fly direct to destinations they could reach through Memphis and Delta Airlines recently pulled some of the routes from the Memphis airport, which left travelers with few options.  The Atlanta flight opens up many more possibilities for travelers and many of them can now reach their destination in two flights.  Lee gives the example of flying to Norfolk.  Before, passengers would have flown from Colombia to Memphis to Atlanta to Norfolk.  Now they can cut out the Memphis leg of the journey, cutting their trip time significantly.

Lee said that not only is the new flight good for passengers, but also for the financial well-being of the airport.  When Delta Airlines first started the Memphis flights, they had to operate with the help of a government subsidy.  That subsidy is no longer needed.  Flights to Memphis are flying at about 83% capacity, which is an improvement over previous years, and this bodes well for the Atlanta flights.  Atlanta’s  Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the world when it comes to operations.  The airport offers non-stop service to 150 US destinations and to more than 80 international destinations in 50 countries around the world.

See the original Google News article for more details.

 

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