The nonstop commercial flights from Fayetteville Regional Airport to Washington have been lacking passengers, running at a maximum of 40% capacity. The service began on March 25 and the numbers are lower than officials would like them to be. Assistant Fayetteville Regional Airport Director Toney Coleman says he is hoping that US Airways will try to boost ridership by lowering the airfare, but the airline has said that in order to sustain the route it must be profitable.
Coleman has said that the primary ridership of the flights in not the military, but the general public, which is ideal. However, lower ticket prices would help and Coleman says that this issue should soon be addressed. Research of the various travel websites have shown ticket prices for travel from Fayetteville to Washington to range from $166 round-trip to as much as $735 for a trip booked on short notice.
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