What to expect on your Contour flight to Washington D.C.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The first public Contour Airlines flight to Baltimore took off Friday morning. It’s also first the commercial flight out of the Middle Georgia Regional Airports in three years.
Before the public flight, was the inaugural flight, Thursday morning.
“This is a huge step forward for this airport and the entire community,” said Middle Georgia Regional Airport Manager, Erick D’Leon.
Macon-Bibb County leaders and the media, including 41NBC’s Edna Ruiz, got to experience what it’s like to fly with Contour, from Middle Georgia straight to the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).
“They should expect a really great experience,” said CEO of Contour, Matt Chaifetz. “Something much better than what they would get flying out of Atlanta.”
So, what can you really expect? Well, at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, free parking, a quick check-in, a free checked bag, and a speedy trip through TSA. Once you’re at Gate 3, it’s time to board the 30-seat jet. Your seat has 36-inches of leg room, and individual service, so you’ll take the skies comfortably. In about 90 minutes, you’re touching down at Baltimore Washington International.
“This flight is very low cost, it’s very comfortable, it’s short,” said Macon-Bibb Commissioner, Elaine Lucas. “There’s lots of people who find that the Washington area is a destination and this is just an easy way to do it.”
BWI is the largest airport in the Washington area, compared to Reagan and Dulles, with 25 million passengers a year. Now, Contour, is adding to that number.
BWI also offers a free shuttle to the train station for those of you wanting to head to different destinations. Inaugural flight guests boarded a MARC train to Washington D.C.
“We carry about 23,000 passengers on the Penn line,” said David Johnson, MARC Chief Operating Officer, David Johnson. “Primarily to and from work. We also have a lot of passengers traveling to and from the airport of course. A lot of folks coming to Washington to see the sights and sounds of Washington.”
The train to D.C. costs $7 and it takes 35 minutes to one of the most historic stations in the country, Washington’s Union Station.
In walking distance from Union Station, there are museums and restaurants you can visit.
After getting lunch at the Dubliner, it was time to head back to Union Station.
“We went in, did a little business on Capitol Hill and back to the Union Station here, where we’re fixing to get back on the MARC and back out to BWI and fly back home to Middle Georgia Regional airport and be home by 7o’clock,” said Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. “So, this just shows you can leave Middle Georgia, get to Washington, conduct business on the Hill and get home in one day.”
Contour offers two round trips on weekdays and one round trip on the weekend. Flights start at just $69 for one way. You can book your flight at ContourAirlines.com.
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