NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — By the end of June, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport expects a new airline will bring in an additional six flights a week.
Currently, USAir, Frontier, Delta and Allegiant all service flights out of Newport News International. Air Tran pulled it’s service in 2012, but People Express Airlines plans to bring more flights to the growing airport by Independence Day weekend.
“When Air Tran left, we lost a really good resource over here on the Peninsula for flying in and out,” said passenger Jane Rogers. “People go to Newark to make connections all over the place. So, People Express is going to be a really good thing for the area here and bring more people here from there and vice versa.”
The company’s president says the airline will likely offer flights six days a week to Newark.
“We need more people and more flights to take some of the clientele from Norfolk, because I usually use Norfolk and this time I as able to fly out of Newport News, and I love it ’cause I’m only five minutes away,” said Jan, another passenger.
Cabbies lined up at the airport’s taxi stand expect to see a big change: “I think it will bring a lot of new business, new clientele for the airport and for the taxi drivers,” said driver Tyesha Wright.
WAVY.com talked with an airport spokesperson by telephone and she said “we’ve always been supportive of People Express.” She went on to say a new airline will bring lower fares and competition, and it’s a good thing for everybody.