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Regional airport not affect by the recession

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Augusta Regional Airport continues to face economic success, seeing an increase in traffic in the last six years.

FOX54 spoke to airport officials about what makes them different.

"Honestly we haven't seen that much of an effect from the economy, people are still traveling through us which is excellent, we are happy to see that," said Lauren Smith, airport communication manager.  

This is not just business travel but leisure travel as well. The airport has only direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. Smith says the success over the last few years is because of the low fares and convenience.

"We always ask everyone to check the rates coming from Augusta because a lot them are cheaper than other airports,"said Smith.

However, when FOX54 checked a flight in mid February during a weekday from Augusta to Atlanta, it could cost more than $500 dollars roundtrip. Washington D.C. could cost more than $300. The cheapest roundtrip fare was Charlotte for $138.30.

Prices people in Augusta are evidently willing to pay.

"I think that the community just loves to support their airport and the ease of travel for them. It's easier to travel from your home than drive somewhere else," said Smith.

An opportunity cost that may be worth paying the price.

Of course, flights are cheaper the further in advance they are booked.  As of now, they only fly to those three cities but plan to add more direct flights soon.


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