News 12 at 11 O'Clock / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Starting Wednesday, you can fly from Augusta to Washington D.C. without a layover.
"It's a proud day for all of us. We've been trying to get a D.C. flight for 50 years," Jay Forrester, Chairman of Augusta's Aviation Commission said.
People like Jacqueline Best are indeed proud. She flies to Washington D.C. once a month to visit her husband.
"I flew from here to Charlotte, then from Charlotte to D.C.," Jacqueline said. "It was roughly about three hours."
Now that U.S. Airways added a direct flight between Augusta and Washington D.C., travel time is cut in half.
"This flight will operate out of here at about 6:35 in the evening and arrive in Washington at 8:17. The return is scheduled to leave Washington at 4:20 and get in here at 6:07," Chuck Allen with U.S. Airways said.
The timing of the flights, according to airline officials, is perfect for the business traveler.
"[They can] get a full day's worth of business here, jump on a flight at 6:35, you go to D.C. [spend the night,] get a full day in Washington, and catch a late afternoon flight," Allen said. "You're back here at home by 6:00."
Something else travelers will like is the cost.
"[It used to] be anywhere from $300 to $400," Jacqueline said.
For her flight Wednesday, she paid just over $200 round trip.
"It's wonderful. I'll be going more often," she said.
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