News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, April 6, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga.---"It will get busier throughout the rest of the week," said Augusta Regional Airport's Dianne Johnston. Masters week is always a busy time at the airport.
"It's like going to the Super Bowl," said Jennifer Paschal, who is heading to the course on business. "Everyone gets all hyped up for the game, but this is for the tournament. You have to be real quiet."
Jennifer is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She says her experience in Augusta beats Atlanta's airport. "You get off the airplane and you don't have to go from one terminal to catch the train to get another terminal," she said.
The airport can accommodate about 190 parked planes. 2,500 planes fly in during Masters week.
"Augusta is hopping," said Johnston. "We are one of the fastest growing airports in the country."
They recently opened a new lounge and restaurant. Johnston also says first class service is coming back to the airport.
"Delta has decided to re-institute main line service," said Johnston. "Which doesn't happen in medium and small markets any longer. We are really excited about it."
The airport also plans to resurface the runway from asphalt to concrete.
"It will be much more durable," said Johnston. "It will stand up to whatever aircraft they can put in here."
A new general aviation terminal is also in the works.
"You will know that you are in Augusta," said Johnston. "It will have that same type of southern hospitality feel to it."
Delta's new service is expected to start May 1, 2011. Johnston says they will initially run one flight a day.