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Easterwood looking to make traveling easier for Aggie fans

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 2:31pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Traveling to an Aggie football game hasn't really been an issue in the past since most of the Big 12 schools are within driving distance.

But now that A&M is headed to the Southeastern Conference, Easterwood Airport is looking to make changes to make traveling to away games faster and easier for fans.

With four away games next fall, all more than 10 hours away, traveling may be a challenge for students and fans alike but not if John Happ, director of aviation at College Station's Easterwood Airport, has anything to do with it.

"For us to go to their games we're going to have to fly in order to be there and see the game and get back home to work in time and it's the same with them, they'll need to fly into here."

But right now the only flights coming in and out of Easterwood are from Houston or DFW so Happ says his team is working hard to add one more connection to Atlanta

"I firmly believe that if we show there is a demand for taking us directly to Atlanta, then someone will see that as an opportunity and certainly a profitable leg for an airline to step up and provide that service."

And while it's still up in the air which airline would fly to Atlanta, Happ says it's a win-win for all.

"I think it's to United's benefit to firm this up as soon as possible primarily for their financial well-being and I know they're working every day to get something firmed up."

That way fans have a way to make it to the Aggie's first away game against an SEC school this fall.


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