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Easterwood May Not Face Flight Cutbacks

By: Jordan Meserole Email
By: Jordan Meserole Email

For the time being, airplanes are still buzzing around the tarmac at Easterwood Airport.

But that could soon all change.

According to a recent study by the Business Travel Coalition, the small airport that serves the Brazos Valley could be the next to see some -- or all -- of its flights disappear from the regular schedule.

Which would disrupt many of the 80,000 passengers that annually pass through the gates.

"Time wise, it would be inefficient to travel in and out of College Station, and the cost would be much more. Even though the prices have gone up, its still cheaper to fly in and out of College Station," said Juan Villa, who uses the airport at least once a month.

If that were to happen, passengers would then have to travel to Austin or Houston to catch a flight.

And with rising gas prices, that would upset regular travelers like Jamie Bassett.

"It would be more expensive, especially for the prices of gas these days, plus the fact that I'd have to leave my car at the airport," Bassett said.

But contrary to the study and growing airline cutbacks nationwide, Easterwood Director John Happ said there won't be any cutbacks in the near future.

And the airport reaffirmed that statement, by announcing that newer jets are being added to the American Eagle fleet starting in November.

"We're so excited during a time when other airports are being cut and the service is being cut back, we're actually increasing our capability and putting jets back into Easterwood," Happ said.

Giving local passengers a reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

"It's just so extremely convenient. It's close to home and the office and university," Villa said.


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