At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Contour Airlines discussed their new partnership with Middle Georgia Regional Airport. The airline received funding from Essential Air Services, a federal program that subsidizes certain airlines to provide flights for smaller communities with limited air travel access. This airport is the only one in Georgia to still receive EAS funding.
Beginning on August 17, daily flights between Macon and Washington D.C. will be offered. For the first two weeks of operation, a one-way ticket will cost $49. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said that Baltimore-Washington International Airport’s proximity to the nation’s capital is ideal for workers at Geico and the Robins Air Force Base.
The Middle Georgia Regional Airport hasn’t offered commercial flights since Silver Airways left in November 2014. Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz said he realizes Macon has had many airlines come and go over the years.
“I promise you that will all change on August 17th, when Contour Airlines begins service from Macon to Baltimore-Washington International Airport,” Chaifetz said.