Airport touts resumption of flights to St. Louis | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Airport touts resumption of flights to St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

NONSTOP: From Little Rock to St. Louis on Southwest.
  • NONSTOP: From Little Rock to St. Louis on Southwest.
Southwest Airlines, whose shifting of flights to larger airports has contributed to a drop in passengers at Clinton National Airport, is resuming Wednesday a nonstop flight to St. Louis, once a major hub for flights from Little Rock, particularly on TWA and then American Airlines.

Airport officials will hold a news conference Wednesday to tout the change on the day it resumes. A news release said the event will talk about the new flight and "the importance of community support to maintain strong air service."

Personal observation: Recent airport improvements have upgraded the ticket lobby substantially and my experience of late has included better baggage handling. It's an easy airport to access and I think the staff has done a good job to continue to produce a surplus despite years of declining passenger volume. Which brings me to "community support."

You don't fly to help the airport. You fly to do business, visit relatives, enjoy a vacation. When your major population isn't growing much — and a lot of former business travel has migrated to cheaper web hookups — the airport is going to feel it.

But by all means fly to St. Louis often. A nonstop flight is better than five or six hours on the road each way, depending on fares.

The Southwest Airlines currently shows a one-way "anytime" fare to St. Louis of $213.

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