Excitement is growing for frequent flyers and staff at the Lafayette Regional Airport. The airport continues to grow in number of commuters year after year. Several projects are in the works to improve the physical appearance and next, on August 19th, the airport will offer nonstop flights to Denver.
Seven days a week, a fifty seat, RJ Regional Jet will transport Lafayette flyers to Denver, which is expected to increase revenue.
Mike Burrows, airport Director said, “The profit margin is going to be through landing fees. We'll probably see an increase in passenger and we also get a four dollar and fifty cent passenger facility charge."
United Airlines will soon offer greater opportunities for Acadiana travelers, including those connected to one of the area's largest and most profitable industries.
"The oil industry is going to see a big use out of it because there are so many people going to the northwest corridor for the oil and gas up there. So, we do see just a great outbreak of people liking it," Burrows explained.
Should travelers prepare themselves for a longer stay when awaiting flights, now that there will be an increase of airport traffic? Burrows said slightly.
“However, I think at the timeframe that United has selected, it shouldn't be too hard on anybody coming in. It's a 4PM flight."
The connection was added after demand rose from business and leisure travelers. As officials anticipate future growth, a new terminal is in the works with an expected completion date of three to five years.
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