Lincoln travelers can now say goodbye to layovers in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver, or having to catch a flight out of Omaha to go south.
Beginning Wednesday, Delta Airlines will offer daily direct flights to Atlanta from the Capital City.
“The new daily flight to Atlanta will give businesses and leisure travelers access to more connections and greater convenience. It’s another positive sign that our airport and city are moving together in the right direction,” says Mayor Chris Beutler.
The Lincoln Airport authority got a $750,000 dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make the new flight possible.
The cost for a Lincoln to Atlanta flight ranges from around $400 all the way up to $1,000, but airport officials say that’s about the same as a flight out of Omaha. You can even compare the two on Lincoln Airport’s website; it allows you to see how parking and time also factor into cost.
To kick off the new flight, traveler Ginger Calkins received a voucher for two free round trip tickets.
“I think having a opportunity for people to come in from Florida and from the south without having to go through the bigger hubs that go over the top of Lincoln and then back track, I think the faster flight will be a really good deal for Lincoln,” says Calkins.
Lincoln officials are hopeful this new travel option will encourage locals to use the Lincoln airport more.
“Fly Lincoln first. It’s so important that we use what we have to keep it viable and growing into the future,” says Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall.
The first flight from Lincoln to Atlanta leaves Wednesday at 7 a.m. There’s also a returning flight, that’s scheduled to get back into Lincoln just before 9 p.m.