Columbia To Chicago
Some airport travelers in Columbia think a direct flight to Chicago is a smart idea. One business women says it's a hassle traveling to Columbia and says she would love to fly directly to Chicago.
"That would have been great. That would have obviously afforded me to not have to jump on two different airlines," Evie Barry, traveler, said.
City officials say a 50-seat Turboprop Jet would possibly fly to and from Chicago O'Hare twice a day. A direct flight to Chicago would save business travelers a lot of time.
"It might offer some more opportunities for some more connecting flights," said Tom Sadowski, traveler.
However, some companies aren't really sure how beneficial this connection would be to them.
Square-D manufactures circuit breakers in Columbia. The company's corporate headquarters lies just outside Chicago. However, managers say they do most work with their Chicago office online or on the phone.
"For supporting this financially I just don't know the benefit, because if we're only traveling there four or five times a year," Gail Conley said.
Square D officials say they would fly directly to Chicago if it's cost effective.
"Well anytime you gotta come to the middle of Missouri, you have to drive two and a half hours to get from Kansas City or St. Louis. So it's fairly convenient if you're trying to get to the middle of the country," said traveller Robert Perry.
The Columbia Regional Airport currently offers four flights a day to Kansas City.