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Many Masters travelers choosing Aiken's airport over Augusta's

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

Major airports aren't the only ones to land first-class flyers for master's week.

In fact, many aren't even coming in to Augusta at all; they're choosing Aiken instead.

Augusta's airports aren't the only ones seeing business take off.

"Very busy, hectic," says Nancy Fusco, office manager of Aiken Municipal Airport. "We have a lot of fun."

Aiken's Municipal Airport is right on the heels of Augusta's airports, with corporate jets flying in from all over the world. Workers at Aiken Municipal say there's a good reason for that.

"The pilots are impressed with the airport," Fusco says. "Less congestion, close to I-20 and it's a hop, skip and jump to the National."

Just as soon as one plane comes in, another is getting off the ground.

"Today we have about 92 aircraft we're expecting to arrive, probably on Saturday, and Sunday it'll be just as busy," Fusco says.

Quadrupling the number of planes they normally receive--in just one day.

While it may get stressful to coordinate all of that air traffic on the ground, airport employee Doug Huffer doesn't mind it one bit.

"Gives me a chance to get out of the office for a week," he says.

And they do it all with just 12 people.

"We start at 6:00 am and stay until the last person needs us," Fusco says.

Pulling out all the stops to make sure their clients aren't flying in anywhere else.

Aiken's airport expanded 4 years ago, putting $1 million into expanding the terminal and nearly $800,000 into adding to the runway.


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