Columbus Airport looks to expand, in talks with U.S. Airways

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - A little over a year ago, America Airlines landed in the Chattahoochee Valley. Since then flights have been constantly booked and passengers have been pouring in for the direct flight to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Now, Columbus Airport Director Mark Oropeza is looking to reel in another major airline carrier.

"Our next air carrier that we have targeted is U.S. Airways. They were here in the market before and we think it would be an ideal aircraft airline for Columbus," Oropeza said.

Oropeza tells me that U.S. Airways would service a direct flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

"It would give us access to our Northeast markets, where most of our Markets are like Washington, D.C." Oropeza said.

The hopes of expansion at the Columbus Airport come just after American Airlines announced Tuesday that it would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a press conference, Airline CEO Tom Horton says this should not have a direct impact on customers.

"We recognize that we have very hard work to do between now and then.  And we're going to go out and do it.  But I think the message for the day is for our customers.  And that is for American Airlines it will be business as usual," Horton said.

As for the two daily American Eagle flights out of Columbus, Oropeza says customers in this area have nothing to worry about just yet.

"The public can be assured right now that American is still serving Columbus, you can go ahead and book your craft with confidence that the flight is scheduled and the schedule will not be changed because of the Chapter 11 conditions," Oropeza said.

If you haven't already done so, Oropeza suggests booking your tickets now for the upcoming holiday season. For more information about booking a flight with the Columbus Airport, click here.

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