Augusta Regional is already full, and the other three area airports are getting ready to handle the rest. (WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, April 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta is busy preparing for its biggest event of the year -- The Masters. But 50 miles down the road, another city is getting ready for visitors, too.
"There's some people that do stay in Louisville and go to the Masters," Mayor Larry Morgan said.
About an hour from Augusta National, Louisville is a quiet town, but even it gets a little louder each year when the tournament swings through.
"The bed and breakfasts are, and the motel is usually full this time of year," Morgan said.
While they're used to people coming in by car, this year they're hoping to get some visitors in from the sky.
"We have plenty of room. We have fuel, and we have plenty of room. We could probably put maybe 40 planes in here," said Louisville City Supervisor Ken Hildebrant.
Last year, more than 2,000 planes landed around the CSRA for Masters Week. This year, airports are taking reservations to help with the load.
Augusta Regional is already full, and the other three area airports are getting ready to handle the rest.
Morgan says they can help.
"We have a 5,000-foot runway with a 100-foot width. That'll handle a whole lot of different kind of traffic," he said.
Besides the hospitality, the mayor says there's another perk of coming in to their airport.
"We got the best price right now," Morgan said.
"Our fuel, on average, is about 50 cents a gallon cheaper than the local airports around here," Hildebrant said.
For a town of 2,500, having a few extra visitors would help them, too.
"Without the Masters, I don't know what the economy would do around here. That's one of the biggest and best things in our area," Morgan said.
Morgan says they've got car rental services, and if they get enough interest, he would get a transit bus from the county to get people back and forth to the course.