Bishop Announces FAA Decision to Continue Direct Flights Between Lansing and D.C.
"Direct access between these destinations will provide many benefits to our local communities throughout Mid-Michigan," says Bishop
“I am absolutely thrilled that the FAA has made its decision to continue direct flights between the Comeback State and our nation’s capitals," said Bishop, who has been working on this issue throughout his time in Congress. The route, which was discontinued when Sun Country Airlines officially ended its Lansing services on Oct. 1, 2015, has an estimated $16 million economic impact on the Lansing area.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the FAA has made its decision to continue direct flights between the Comeback State and our nation’s capitals. Throughout my time in Congress, I have been working closely with FAA and Department of Transportation officials on this issue because this outcome has a real impact on our families and local economy. When there was no resolution in the fall, despite multiple airlines bidding for the slot, I spoke directly with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about our district’s concerns and continued to press for renewed service in the months that followed.
“This decision today is an outstanding accomplishment for everyone involved, and I want to congratulate the Capital Region Airport and thank Congressmen Walberg and Moolenaar for their support in making it happen. Direct access between these destinations will provide many benefits to our local communities throughout Mid-Michigan, and I look forward to service being restored as soon as possible.”
Capital Region Airport Authority President and CEO Bob Selig also issued a statement of support:
“Restoring air service to Washington Reagan National Airport is essential to the economic growth and development of Mid-Michigan, and Michigan’s state capital. Washington, D.C. is Mid-Michigan’s number one travel destination, and directly connecting our state capital to the nation’s has been a top priority for us since Sun Country Airlines announced the discontinuation of service in June 2015.
“Reestablishing service would not have been possible without the aggressive efforts of Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, Congressman Bishop, Congressman Moolenaar, Congressman Walberg, and the more than twelve-hundred businesses and individuals from the Mid-Michigan region who wrote letters to the DOT in support of restoring the service. The Capital Region International Airport staff and leadership are greatly appreciative of everyone’s support in this development.”
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Daman also issued a statement on the announcement:
“The application approval represents a ‘win-win-win’ opportunity that will help create and retain jobs in Michigan, grow our regional economy, and ensure Lansing’s airport remains a cornerstone of our region’s business development strategies.”