Columbia Regional Airport is adding a new flight. The airport announced a second route to Chicago O’Hare starting Wednesday, April 2. American Airlines will provide a 6 a.m. departure from Columbia Regional, as well as a return flight that would arrive at 7:45 p.m.
Columbia Regional Airport and American Airlines announced Wednesday they are adding another daily nonstop flight between Columbia Regional Airport and Chicago O’Hare.
The new flights will begin on April 2. American Flight 3376 will take off in Columbia at 6:00 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:05 a.m. The returning flight 3737 will head out of Chicago at 6:35 p.m. and return to Columbia at 7:45 p.m.
The City of Columbia announced today that it did not have to use money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund to pay Ameircan Airlines for July 2013. This is the fifth consecutive month in the past six where the city didn’t have to use the funds.
The guarantee fund comes from several private businesses and government entities in mid-Missouri.
American Airlines began service from Columbia in February, with flights to Dallas and Chicago.
The City of Columbia announced today that no money will come out of the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the month of April. This is the second month in a row which American Airlines did not require a payment from the fund.
On Friday, the Columbia Regional Airport received notice that its control tower was among 149 around the country[PDF] that would close as a result of federal sequestration cuts. The closure is expected to take place at some point between April 7 and May 7.
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia’s economy in the coming years.
Since 2000, airlines have come and gone at Columbia Regional Airport (COU), changing in the number of passengers passing through the airport. This graph shows the total number of passengers who arrived or departed on commercial aircraft at COU since 2000.
Click on a letter to see which airlines came or went at that particular time. All numbers and events took place during the month listed, although the graph will denote that time as the first of the month. Use the scrollbar at the bottom to change the view of the graph.
The Columbia City Council held a special meeting Friday to officially introduce a potential agreement with American Airlines. The meeting was adjourned after four minutes, but the short meeting could expedite the process of Columbia Regional Airport beginning to offer flights to Chicago and Dallas. Mayor Bob McDavid says these flights would benefit MU and businesses in Columbia.
"I like to say that on the coast we’re known as ‘fly over country,'" McDavid said. "Well we want to be known as ‘fly into country.’”