City Focusing on Direct D.C. Flight

The City of San Antonio’s top federal priority is in the air.

“Securing a non-stop flight to Reagan National Airport,” Jeff Coyle said.

Currently, you can fly from San Antonio directly into other D.C. area airports then drive to the city, but those aren’t in D.C. So, in order to get to Washington D.C. now, you have to fly into other places first.

Typically, flight supply and demand is officiated by the airlines, but that doesn’t hold at Reagan National.

“Congress literally has to okay us flying into Reagan National,” he said.

Coyle said Joint Base San Antonio booked more than 17,000 flights to the D.C. area in the last two years.

“More than half of them went Reagan National even though there’s not a non-stop today, which means all those military personnel who are trying to get to the Pentagon are having to make stops at other airports, deal with delays, potentially missed flights, and certainly lost productivity,” Coyle said.

This year, Congress will take up the FAA Reauthorization, and, if San Antonio gets what it wants, it might include the authorization it’s looking for to fly directly into Reagan National.

The City of San Antonio is asking the community to tell Congress why they want to fly non-stop to D.C. by sending comments to FlySAtoDC@sanantonio.gov.

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