Airline merger adding a stop from Augusta to D.C.

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Starting Thursday, all flights from Augusta Regional Airport to Washington D.C. will have a layover due to a merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines.

For the military community, officials said that's not a small loss.

"We're very disappointed," Augusta Regional Airport Director of Marketing and Business Development Diane Johnston said. "Washington is a very strong market for us and very important. It was a very popular flight and very well traveled."

Flights to D.C. will connect through Atlanta or Charlotte, but the airport said it is not giving up on getting a one way ticket back.

"We are still continuing to talk to several airlines about possible Washington service," Johnston said. "We know how important it is to the community."

She said Baltimore, Washington International and Dulles International Airport are some of the options on the table.

"We are continuing to try to get that non-stop Washington service back again," Johnston said.

U.S. Airways will also keep looking at the Augusta market with the relocation of the cyber command to Fort Gordon.

"We are building up at Fort Gordon and personnel are continuing to build so contacts have agreed to keep looking at traffic," Johnston said.