Columbia Regional Airport announces Delta Air Lines jet service upgrade

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 12:07 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Beginning Feb. 11, Delta Air Lines plans to upgrade one of the daily round-trip flights out of Columbia Regional Airport to a 50-seat regional jet.

The new regional jets will be used for the last arrival of the day from Memphis International Airport and the first departure of the morning from the Columbia aiport. 

Travelers will be able to reserve seats on the new plane starting Saturday.

The remainder of the flights will still use the Saab 340.

"This is another firm step toward achieving the community’s vision of continuously improving air service out of Columbia Regional," City Manager Bill Watkins said in a news release. "Delta looked at the facts and made a commitment to work with us as our passenger numbers continue to climb. We’re very pleased with Delta’s decision."

The airport served 2,081 passengers in September, 2,204 in October and 2,092 in November.



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