Beginning in July people living in Augusta will be able to connected to Washington, D.C. as US Airways will operate direct flights from Augusta Regional Airport to Washington's Reagan National Airport. The director for the Augusta Airport, Diane Johnston, said that the focus with the new flights is on the business traveler, those people from organizations such as Fort Gordon, National Security Agency, Savannah River Site, and Georgia Health Sciences University.
Jim Giusti, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Energy at SRS, said that the direct flights will be good for those who have to travel to Washington once a month on average. The current flight stops in Charlotte before heading up to Washington and a direct flight would shave a couple of hours off the trip. Air Wisconsin, a partner of US Airways Express, will operate the Augusta-Washington flights on a Canadair jet that has 50 seats.
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