Third airline to fly into Augusta Regional Airport

American Eagle flights to Dallas available in June

Monday, March 8, 2010 11:31 AM
Last updated Friday, July 16, 2010 9:00 PM
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Augusta Regional Airport officials confirmed this afternoon that a third airline, American Eagle, will begin flying into Augusta this summer.

Nonstop flights to and from Dallas will be available on American Eagle Airlines beginning June 10. There will be two flights daily from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport to Augusta Regional, serviced by a 50-seat regional jet.

Three years of increased passengers put Augusta on American Airline's radar screen, said Augusta Aviation Chairman Karlton Howard.

Augusta has not had three airlines since 2004, when Continental Express ended its 18-month presence.

Last year, Augusta's airport had more than 202,900 departing passengers, the most since 2000. It represents 12 percent growth over 2008. In 2006, only 134,000 people flew out of the airport.

Already this year, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and US Airways Express report higher passenger counts for January compared to January 2009.

Howard said the airport has been courting American for a year, but the talks got more serious since the beginning of 2010.

"They called us," Howard said. "Our community's aggressive ongoing efforts to enhance air service are reaping great dividends."

Howard said American is getting the same treatment as US Airways and ASA. He said there are no revenues incentives such as those given to Continental Express six years ago.

Officials will continue to market the airport to other carriers. The top two destinations from Augusta are New York City and Washington, D.C., said marketing director Diane Johnston, which could be served by another carrier or additional service from Delta and US Airways.

"As airlines continue to see strong support from our community, boardings increase as they have over the past few years, maybe some other airlines will begin to look at opportunities available here in Augusta," Howard said.

Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Development Authority of Richmond County, said the additional airline will be good for economic development.

"I know that E-Z-Go has a lot of distributors in Dallas, so does Club Car. I know Kellogg's does a lot of business over in Dallas. So we have some of those connections," Sprouse added.

Howard said American is in a growth mode, not taking a flight from another airport to serve Augusta.

American Eagle is also adding service between Dallas and Fayetteville, N.C., on the same day as the Augusta routes.

According to American Airlines' Web site, and other travel-oriented sites, the initial flights to Augusta are priced between $396 and $470 round trip.

Officials from American Airlines did not attend the Monday announcement and did not return calls seeking comment.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 03/08/10 - 01:07 pm
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Glad to see direct flights to

Glad to see direct flights to a city other than Atlanta or Charlotte.. but those prices look mighty steep.

countyman
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countyman 03/08/10 - 01:14 pm
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I told you guys metro Augusta

I told you guys metro Augusta is booming.

jack
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jack 03/08/10 - 01:42 pm
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Prices look steep. Wonder

Prices look steep. Wonder what kind of air craft they will use-jet or prop?

jack
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jack 03/08/10 - 01:43 pm
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Prices look steep. Wonder

Prices look steep. Wonder what kind of air craft they will use-jet or prop?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 03/08/10 - 02:18 pm
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This is great news! Unlike

This is great news! Unlike Continental, flight times are business friendly. Maybe in the near future they'll add flights to Chicago. AE will likely use their bigger 50 pasenger Embraer jets between here and Dallas and not the slow and noisey ATR 72's.

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omnomnom 03/08/10 - 02:20 pm
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"Last year, Augusta’s airport

"Last year, Augusta’s airport had more than 200,000 departing passengers, the most since 2000." Countyman, I would not call this booming, I would call this "playing catch-up"

Emerydan
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Emerydan 03/08/10 - 02:23 pm
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well what the airport needs

well what the airport needs is a discount airline... something like a southwest or an airtran.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/08/10 - 02:32 pm
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YES! Great news! I am so

YES! Great news! I am so tired to puddle jumpers to ATL. BUT I do live for the day that Southwest or Continental gets here!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/08/10 - 03:49 pm
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"Fly there, fly home" has all

"Fly there, fly home" has all too often meant "Fly there, late, maybe; fly halfway back and then be forced to take the bus home".

fd1962
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fd1962 03/08/10 - 04:55 pm
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200,000 departing Augusta
Unpublished

200,000 departing Augusta last year doesn't surprise me at all. I'm shocked it's not higher.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/08/10 - 05:26 pm
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There is a facebook group

There is a facebook group trying to get people together to get Southwest Air to come here. Search for it.

KingJames
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KingJames 03/08/10 - 05:45 pm
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I'm glad to see there's

I'm glad to see there's finally some competition for the other two airlines. Maybe some of the prices will go down. I know the initial price for roundtrip tickets seems high, but let's keep in mind that it will be summer, and people will taking their vacations. I did get lucky on some tickets for next month. I got roundtrip tickets for $128 on expedia. That's never happened to me before. I had gotten used to paying anywhere from $300 to $500 (the $500 ticket was for a last minute trip).

countyman
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countyman 03/08/10 - 05:46 pm
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If people around the CSRA

If people around the CSRA keep using the airport. Southwest, Airtran, Continental, etc will come. Augusta was a metro of 540k in 2008. The CSRA was around 660,000. We should have atleast 5 or 6 airlines.

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 03/08/10 - 06:06 pm
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First of all, the article

First of all, the article clearly says that it will be jet service. As for the price, as with most airlines, American will assume that you want to fly to other destinations, and Dallas is an American Airlines Hub, so I am sure you will see low fares to Las Vegas and other destinations, lower than just flying to Dallas. Have you priced a round trip on ASA from Augusta to Atlanta? Often times that fare is higher than distant locations. Also, though not perfect, ASA has increased their reliability by not flying anything but jets into Augusta, US Air still has a few turbo props but those are being phased out too I believe.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 03/08/10 - 06:20 pm
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Wow, that's literally four

Wow, that's literally four days after I need to be in Dallas for a wedding. Can't start a week earlier? Granted, I can't swing $400 for a ticket, so it's pretty much a moot point, but still...

jack
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jack 03/08/10 - 06:29 pm
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of the 200,000 departures,

of the 200,000 departures, how many returns were there (by air, not bus)?

localjay
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localjay 03/08/10 - 06:38 pm
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All the people talking about

All the people talking about buses and being late are Delta flyers, I'll bet. USAirways has great service and only one prop left in and out of Augusta. American is very welcome here. Prices? My last flight out of Augusta was very reasonable and about half the plane had Columbia residents on it, because Columbia flights are about twice Augusta's prices. And if we want Southwest, we can do what Islip NY did...build a brand new terminal just for Southwest (I hear that is what they require) and it cost Islip about $59,000,000. Look it up.

Tim Rausch
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Tim Rausch 03/08/10 - 06:41 pm
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Jack ... 196,100 deplanements

Jack ... 196,100 deplanements in 2009

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 03/08/10 - 06:51 pm
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No thanks, I will keep

No thanks, I will keep driving to Atlanta or Columbia to catch planes.

No more paying a premium for bumpy, late, noisy bus rides for me.

Laguria
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Laguria 03/08/10 - 07:59 pm
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I fly out of Augusta a good

I fly out of Augusta a good bit and have not had any problems flying in or out over the last few years. In fact, several months ago I booked a fight to Milan and it was $300 more to fly out of columbia and $150 more out of Atlanta. I also had friends from Houston meet me in Atlanta for the Atlanta to Milan flight and their roundtrip ticket from Houston to Milan was $200 less than my ticket. Crazy pricing, but I highly recommend checking out Augusta's schedules and pricing before driving to Columia, Atlanta or Charlotte.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 03/08/10 - 08:31 pm
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Being serviced by an airline

Being serviced by an airline whose hub is half way across the country in Dallas TX is absurd.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 03/08/10 - 10:27 pm
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I wouldn't pay a dime to fly

I wouldn't pay a dime to fly out of Augusta.. it's too much and the gas is cheaper to just drive to ATL...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/08/10 - 11:19 pm
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As others have said, prices

As others have said, prices at Augusta are often cheaper than Atlanta. I have no idea why that's true, but it's a fact.

Laguria
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Laguria 03/09/10 - 02:32 am
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Buckeye, If I was flying out

Buckeye,
If I was flying out west to Denver, Seattle, LA, SFO or Hawaii, I would definitely consider Dallas as a good hub to go to all points west.

And Cristinadh,
The gas may be cheaper but the ticket isn't necessarily. If you hate AGS that's a bad move. But dealing with folks with blinders on is not my specialty.

PS., And anytime you want the real pricing on American, wait until they are actually flying here and the cost will not be nearly as high as their retail prices. Where have all you people that want to quote a airline's retail prices been. Lag

jahir
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jahir 03/09/10 - 10:08 am
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You know if you do not invest

You know if you do not invest in your city, who will? I will be flying out of AUGUSTA this week. I am VERY proud to see the accomplishments our chairman and the board are doing for our city when it comes to adding new airlines at Augusta Regional. I normally fly every two months or sometimes every other month. My destination is Ohio most of the time. I also find the cost comes out about the same when you consider, the cost of gas, the wear and tear of your car, and the cost to park - I estimated my cost about $50 or $60 depending how long I stay. To me it is worth the cost to pay when you can fly from Augusta and when you return you have a 15 min - 30 min drive to make it home versus flying back to Atlanta, then getting on the concourse (God forbid it's not Concourse T- to ground transportation. After that you have to wait for your bags, then catch the shuttle to your car, pay $35-$45 for your parking. Once you leave the airport you are faced with the Atlanta traffic to make it back to Augusta. I do not know about everyone else but I hate driving 2 hrs after a trip to get to my front door. I know that we are a small city and growing but at least they are trying.

jahir
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jahir 03/09/10 - 10:08 am
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You know if you do not invest

You know if you do not invest in your city, who will? I will be flying out of AUGUSTA this week. I am VERY proud to see the accomplishments our chairman and the board are doing for our city when it comes to adding new airlines at Augusta Regional. I normally fly every two months or sometimes every other month. My destination is Ohio most of the time. I also find the cost comes out about the same when you consider, the cost of gas, the wear and tear of your car, and the cost to park - I estimated my cost about $50 or $60 depending how long I stay. To me it is worth the cost to pay when you can fly from Augusta and when you return you have a 15 min - 30 min drive to make it home versus flying back to Atlanta, then getting on the concourse (God forbid it's not Concourse T- to ground transportation. After that you have to wait for your bags, then catch the shuttle to your car, pay $35-$45 for your parking. Once you leave the airport you are faced with the Atlanta traffic to make it back to Augusta. I do not know about everyone else but I hate driving 2 hrs after a trip to get to my front door. I know that we are a small city and growing but at least they are trying.

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