columbia regional airport

5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

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The City of Columbia and the Columbia Regional Airport announced that they didn't take money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the 15th straight month. 

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Arts and Culture
8:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Columbia demolition job becomes historic preservation project

Credit Amy Munneke / KBIA

A Columbia parks demolition project has turned into a possible preservation project.

Jeremy Sapp was tearing down part of the Parks Management Center Friday when he noticed something.

“We were in the process of tearing the building down and pulling the brick off the face of the building and found the beam and just kept following it to see what it was," he said.

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8:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Columbia attempts to acquire farmland through eminent domain, in planned airport expansion

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The city of Columbia has filed a petition for eminent domain to acquire about 5 acres of farmland it needs to extend the main runway at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Assistant City Counselor Cavanaugh Noce says the city was unable to negotiate a selling price with the trustee of a fund that owns the land northeast of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parcel is part of about 58 acres the city is acquiring for the project. The city has been able to negotiate a selling price with the owners of the rest of the land.

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5:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Columbia Regional Airport adds additional flight

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  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.

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3:36 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund remains untapped

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The City of Columbia announced on Thursday that January revenue for Columbia Regional Airport meant American Airlines would not require payment from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the eleventh month in a row.

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5:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Winter weather causing delays and cancellations at Columbia airport

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Although temperatures are finally on the rise in Columbia, Columbia Regional Airport still experienced some winter-weather problems Monday. One flight was delayed, and another was canceled.

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Snow accidents
11:26 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls

Traffic on snowy College Avenue in Columbia
Credit Kyle Felling / KBIA

Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

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4:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

American Airlines to add flight to Columbia Regional Airport

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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.

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8:23 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Airports contribute $11 billion to Missouri's economy

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The 108 airports in Missouri contributed $11 billion to Missouri’s economy, with $3.1 billion of that coming from 100,621 jobs, according to a study released by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The study looked at direct impact money, which includes the salaries of airport workers, ticket revenue and contractors hired for construction. In addition to the direct impact, there is indirect impact money that includes hotel room and rental car sales.

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9:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Columbia Airport adds second daily flight to Chicago

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The Columbia Regional Airport is adding a second daily flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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8:06 am
Wed July 10, 2013

American Airlines sees profit over three months for Columbia service

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May is the third month in a row that the City of Columbia has not had to pay American Airlines guaranteed money for serving Columbia Regional Airport. 

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8:44 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Airport advisory board discusses ongoing projects, meeting locations

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The Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board met Wednesday afternoon in the north terminal conference room to discuss ongoing projects and the new location of future meetings.

The airport manager Don Elliot reviewed two airport projects which are almost complete. The new taxi pavement project will be completed in the next few days after inspection and the new fencing around the runways will be completed in September.

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3:05 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

No Columbia airline revenue guarantee payout for April

For the second month in a row, the City of Columbia will not have to pay American Airlines due to positive sales.
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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.

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CoMo Explained
3:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

How Columbia Regional Airport lost all its airlines but one

This is a metaphor, probably.
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This week we note the last departure of Frontier Airlines from Columbia Regional Airport and try to figure out how we ended up with just one airline.

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3:03 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Columbia airport tower to remain operational

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Edited at 3:30 pm with quotes from Columbia Public Works

Columbia Regional Airport (COU) issued a press released Friday afternoon announcing it had received word that its tower will remain open thanks to new federal funding. As we've reported before, the air control tower serving Columbia Regional Airport was on a list [pdf] of regional towers that the FAA was planning to close.

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2:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Congressional bill may keep Columbia Regional Aiport tower open KBIA

After an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport today, Columbia Public Works stressed the importance of  an air traffic control tower at the airport.

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4:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Columbia will not be reimbursing American Airlines for March

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The American Airlines announced that the Columbia Regional Airport reached its revenue goal for the month of March.

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9:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Columbia airline guarantee fund makes first payout

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The city of Columbia paid more than $22,000 to American Airlines after the airline's first two weeks at the city's airport.

The city guaranteed revenue to the airline when it began service at the Columbia Regional Airport Feb. 14.

City officials say they were pleased with American's numbers during the first two weeks but the payout was necessary partly because the city was hit by two heavy snowstorms in February.

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4:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Columbia's airport tower gets an extra month (but still slated to close)

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced today in a press release that it is going to delay the closures of 149 air traffic control towers across the country by about a month, including the one at Columbia Regional Airport.

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5:16 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

FAA notifies Columbia of Air Traffic Control Tower closure

Despite the control tower closure, Columbia Regional Airport will maintain operations
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday notified airport manager Don Elliott that the Air Traffic Control Tower at Columbia Regional Airport would be unfunded as of May 5.

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9:47 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hartzler, McDavid call for funding to keep airport tower open

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A U.S. Congress member was not an airplane passenger at the Columbia Regional Airport on Tuesday. Instead, she visited to draw attention to an important safety issue.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s Fourth District said she does not agree with the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the air traffic control tower at the airport.

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PM Newscasts
4:53 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Newscast for March 26, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House rejects Democratic effort to expand Medicaid
  • Mamtek CEO makes bail
  • Rep. Hartzler and Mayor McDavid call for funding to keep airport tower open
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PM Newscast
6:10 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Newscast for March 22, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Federal sequestration cuts will close Columbia's airport control tower
  • MoDOT issues travel advisory ahead of winter storm
  • 'Earth Hour' organizers say it's more than electricity
4:50 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Study could reroute mail processing out of Columbia


The U.S. Postal service is considering a plan that would send all of the first class mail sent from Mid-Missouri through Kansas City or St. Louis, instead of Columbia.

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8:11 am
Tue March 5, 2013

CoMo officials consider airport changes, improvements

Columbia city officials are considering upcoming improvements and funding for the Columbia Regional Airport.  The airport was a focal point for discussion at last night's (Monday) city council meeting in Columbia. Council members heard from Mayor Bob McDavid on proposed improvements to the airport and what those changes might mean for the city.  A possible new terminal and funding for the air traffic control tower are under consideration. 

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3:08 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration may close Columbia airport control tower

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Listen to KBIA's Sydney Miller report on the possible closure of Columbia Regional Airport's control tower.

The F-A-A says that if budget talks in Washington fail, 168 air traffic control towers across the country could be forced to close.

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9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mo. airports reopen with several cancellations

St. Louis' Lambert Airport is open for business with several flight cancellations.
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Airports in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis reopened but passengers were told to expect several cancellations, particularly in the morning.

American Airlines flight 3215 from Columbia to Dallas was canceled this morning, but the remaining flights are scheduled to take off and arrive as planned.

Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and Kansas City International Airport both closed Thursday after a massive snowstorm hit Missouri.

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8:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

UPDATE: Columbia airport says Frontier flights will end in May

Columbia's Mayor Bob McDavid announcing new flight options for Columbia travelers, last March.
Matt Veto KBIA News

The Columbia Regional Airport announced Frontier Airlines will stop services to and from Orlando, Fla. effective May 13, leaving passengers who had already booked flights for the summer out of luck. The carrier began flying to and from Orlando last November.

In a statement, airport officials said they are still trying to find out why Frontier is stopping its services. What’s more, officials said they only found out about the discontinued flights from passengers – not the airline.  

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PM Newscasts
6:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Delta service ends, American begins at Columbia Regional Airport

Delta Airlines has discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport.
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Delta Airlines discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport today, while American Airlines will launch its daily non-stop flights to Chicago and Dallas tomorrow.

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11:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

High winds main culprit in power outages at homes, businesses, airport

Boone County Electrict

There have been numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri today as the area is experiencing a winter storm with high winds.

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