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Larger American Airline planes will start flying out of Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago and Dallas early next year.

"Our airport does appear to be expanding and we are very happy about that. That's been our objective and that's been the objective of the mayor and the Council all along," Airport Advisory Board member Leon Hoffsette said.

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  Mayor Bob McDavid announced in a press conference Monday that a new Bombardier CRJ-700 jet aircraft will be facilitating the current nonstop daily routes to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Columbia flights to Chicago canceled

Sep 26, 2014
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All Columbia flights to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports were canceled Friday after a disgruntled employee intentionally set an FAA tower in a Chicago suburb on fire.

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

Jun 26, 2014
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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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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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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.

Columbia Regional Airport adds additional flight

Apr 1, 2014
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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.

Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund remains untapped

Feb 24, 2014
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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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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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Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

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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.

Airports contribute $11 billion to Missouri's economy

Nov 18, 2013
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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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The Columbia Regional Airport is adding a second daily flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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