Frequent Flyers React to Last Delta Flight in Columbia

Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:45 AM by Maddie Heidenreich
Updated: Feb 13, 2013 10:17 AM

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BOONE COUNTY - Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Delta airlines will depart out of Columbia Regional Airport for the last time.

Delta services will end on Wednesday, but American Airlines flights will soon begin. The city of Columbia released a new website for the airport including updated flight status information and flight schedules.

Delta made the decision to end its service after Columbia Regional Airport added American Airlines and offered a $3 million revenue guarantee. Some frequent flyer's are excited about the changes about to take place at Columbia Regional Airport, while others are less than thrilled.

KOMU spoke with Florida Flyers that arrived on a Frontier Airlines flight Tuesday afternoon to see their reactions. Some people said they always flew ouut of Orlando on a Delta flight because it was close and convenient, but for their flight to Columbia on Tuesday, many plans had to change.

"They just had one for the way here, so that didn't work," said Florida resident Jess Backes. "The town I'm from only has two airlines that fly to there, which is Delta and U.S. Air, so I wanted to get a Delta flight if I could. I had to drive to Orlando and jump on a Frontier Flight."

"Frontier only flys two days a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays and if I got snowed in or iced in or something happened that I would have to leave," said frequent flyer Carol Bailey. "I was hoping that I could use my voucher to get back out of here on a different airline, but now I am being told they [Delta] are not going to be here anymore. That's scary."

Carol Bailey received a voucher from Delta Airlines last time she flew, but now Baily will use her voucher to travel somewhere besides Columbia.

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