Airport Looks At More Flights

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, June 07 2007 Jun 7, 2007 Thursday, June 07, 2007 9:45:25 PM CDT June 07, 2007 in News

Deeba Siddiqui arrived at the airport with every intention of flying to Kansas to connect to Chicago, but approaching weather changed her plans.

"It looks like the flight here is delayed, so I'm just going to drive to Kansas City and fly from there," Siddiqui said.

But bad weather wasn't the only news at the airport. The Airport Advisory Board announced on Wednesday that it would recommend the Columbia City Council look for airlines willing to fly not only to Kansas City but also to Chicago and Dallas.

"We've had a lot of requests for service for those areas so we're just merely looking at it from this point to see if there are any airlines interested in servicing that, but nothing has been confirmed at this point," Jill Stedem of Columbia Public Works said.

In order to make local service more appealing to other airlines, the current runway needs to be expanded, which is on the agenda for the future. Once that's done, service could soar.

In addition to expanding airline service, the board also suggests building hangers to fit small aircrafts like Sessnas. U.S. Airways, Columbia Regional's only current flight provider, is discontinuing service to St. Louis in early July.

To avoid a connection at any point is always a positive. But for now, Siddiqui is finding other ways to Kansas City.

Officials say the plans of expanding the runway are still in the initial stages and getting additional land is the first step. Just because the Airport Advisory Board suggests looking for flights to Chicago and Dallas doesn't mean an airline would be interested in providing them.

Tickets for the Columbia Regional Airport can be purchased through US Airways, Midwest Airlines, a travel agency or online travel web site. Use the airport code COU. One way fares are currently $59.

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