Columbia city officials want more. American Airlines has hit its revenue goal at Columbia Regional Airport for two straight months now, on the daily flight to Chicago and the two daily flights to Dallas. Now, city Finance Director John Blattel says they’ll lobby American for another daily Chicago trip.
“It’s really difficult, if you for some reason get delayed and have to miss the first flight, you have to wait until the second day,” Blattel says. “If we had a second flight, and you had booked the first flight, you perhaps could re-book and catch the second flight.”
Blattel says the airport is exceeding its goal of 80% capacity on American Airlines flights out of Columbia. He believes that trend would continue, even with a second Chicago option.