Dothan Airport Could See Some Changes

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Business is booming at Dothan Regional Airport, but officials realize having a lay-over in Atlanta can sometimes be a nuisance for their customers.

Business is flying high for Dothan Regional Airport; however, being a small airport carries its disadvantages.

"It is a nice airport, but it’s just sort of a pain to fly into Atlanta when we could have a larger jet service that came in here. Then, we would just have to have the straight trip that would come in here," said Tereasa Klapal, a Houston County resident.

Klapal and her husband take frequent trips out of the Dothan Regional Airport. She says it’s nice to have an airport in the area, but having only one carrier and the high price for tickets can get old.

"I think a lot of people drive to Atlanta, a lot of people drive to Panama City and Tallahassee just to cut the costs," said Klapal.

However, that could soon change after airport officials attended a recent jumpstart event.

Marketing Director Angela McNeal says the meeting was held to try to bring more carriers to Dothan Regional Airport.

"What we're seeing coming about, is the smaller turboprops coming back and doing flights that the businessman can do and come back or maybe spend the night. We're seeing a trend of those going into the markets," says McNeal.

Despite the current condition of airlines right now, officials at Dothan Regional Airport say, while they may not be receiving any new carriers anytime soon, their business has been wonderful.

Airport officials say the Interstate-10 connector and Country Crossings could be an added advantage when adding any additional carriers in the future.

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