LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — – People in the Coulee Region now have more options when it comes to flying out of the La Crosse Regional Airport.
The first flights in years between the airport and the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport took off today.
As soon as passengers from the Detroit airport landed in La Crosse, they were greeted with cheers from the airport’s staff.
The airport says this new flight will make traveling a lot more convenient for area residents.
Miranda TerBeest, Marketing and communications manager of the La Crosse Regional Airport, said: “It really is exciting. This is something that’s been two years in the making.”
TerBeest said the new flight to Detroit makes travel to the East Coast and even Europe a lot easier.
“So now, being able to add another hub airport that La Crosse flies to gives passengers a lot more opportunities and connection opportunities,” TerBeest said.
It also gives passengers more options when it comes to flight times.
“So the timetables will be much more convenient, and we’re hoping to see a decrease in fares, as well,” TerBeest said.
August Whipple, one of the passengers on that first flight, lives in Tennessee but flies to town often to see family.
“So this is the first time I booked a flight and saw Detroit as an option. I was a little surprised,” Whipple said.
Whipple said it’s nice to have more options than just Minneapolis and Chicago and she’ll probably book Detroit again in the future.
“I think that the flight was a little bit faster, honestly. The delay was less between flights, and the timing options were a little bit better,” Whipple said.
La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat says the extra flight can be good for both area businesses and people.
“It really opens up many opportunities and possibilities going east, as well coming from the east,” Kabat said.
The airport says Delta agreed to expand its services from La Crosse to Detroit because of the airport’s popularity with passengers.
“I think just in general, for a regional airport, our numbers are very strong. We have a great economy here in La Crosse. We have a great community and a lot of industry and a lot of businesses that support business travel,” TerBeest said.
The one flight to Detroit will take off every day at 2 p.m., except for Saturdays, when it will leave at 4 p.m.
If the flight is in high demand, the airport may eventually add a second flight to Detroit, as well.
The airport says they’re also working on offering more flight opportunities to other cities.
In the future, they hope to fly to an airport outside of Midwest.
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