Alexander, Frist And Wamp Applaud New Nonstop Direct Service From Chattanooga To Washington National

Posted on April 5, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) today applauded the Department of Transportation's decision to allow US Airways to begin nonstop daily, round trip flights from Chattanooga to Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport (DCA). "Today's announcement is very exciting news for Chattanooga," said Frist. "Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city and the only one without nonstop air service to our nation's Capitol. These additional flights will help make Chattanooga more competitive with other cities in the region, and help to recruit and retain businesses. It will also improve travel options for the more than 400,000 travelers to the Chattanooga Airport each year. I'm grateful to Transportation Secretary Mineta and US Airways for providing this much-needed service." "This is great news for Chattanooga," said Alexander. "No American city has had a greater success story over the past 20 years. This announcement is a reflection of that hard work by Chattanooga and Hamilton County residents." "It is very rewarding to live in Chattanooga for more than 45 years, to serve in our Nation's Capital for ten years and to see the return of a direct flight to Washington come about at this critical time in growth and progress of our great city," said Wamp. "What Chattanooga and Hamilton County are doing to grow technology and create jobs is outstanding. Transportation is key to this success. My personal thanks go to Majority Leader Frist, Senator Alexander, the Mayors of Chattanooga and Hamilton County and the Metropolitan Airport Authority for their excellent work in making this direct flight a reality." Last November, Congress created an additional eight slots for commercial passenger service between Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and certain eligible cities across the country. US Airways submitted an application for two slots to provide nonstop round-trip service between Reagan National and Chattanooga. They received approval today for one slot, which will provide service to Chattanooga. On January 20, Frist, Alexander and Wamp wrote Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta in support of US Airways' application, which would provide the first nonstop flights between Chattanooga and the Washington, DC region.