Originally created 07/13/01

Comair will resume flights from Augusta



Augusta Regional Airport officials received word Thursday that Comair will resume flights at the airport starting Nov. 1.

The regional carrier's two daily flights between Augusta and Cincinnati stopped in March when its pilots went on strike. When pilots ratified new contracts at the end of June, the strike was resolved and the carrier, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, began rebuilding its schedule.

Once the service resumes in Augusta, it will feature a modified schedule. The morning flight will again depart at 10:30, but the evening flight, which previously left at 8:30, will depart at 6:20.

Business travelers in the area had complained before the strike that the evening flight was too late.

"We're thrilled to welcome back Comair to the Augusta market and that they have seen fit to give us a more business-friendly schedule," said Marcie Wilhelmi, the chairwoman of the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Comair already has resumed service to 60 cities. Before the strike, the carrier operated more than 800 departures daily to 95 cities.