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Contour Airlines announces $49 flights between Macon and D.C.

Contour Airlines will offer flights from Macon to Washington D.C. / Contour Airlines

MACON, Ga. -- On Wednesday afternoon, representatives from Macon-Bibb County and Contour Airlines officially announced the upcoming low-price flights between Macon and Washington D.C.

The flights will go between the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, about 33 miles from downtown D.C.

Matt Chaifetz, CEO of Contour Airlines, said that the airline will offer round-trip service twice per day and twice on the weekends--one flight on Saturday and one on Sunday.

"Baltimore is a much more passenger friendly airport, more convenient, less walking," Chaifetz said.

Chaifetz said that tickets will cost $69 each way. However, they will be offered for $49 each way for the first two weeks of flights if booked by July 26. The flights will kick off on Aug. 17.

The schedule will be open for sale initially through Dec. 15.

Weekday round-trip flights will leave at 7:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Flights will leave Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. and return at 2:45 p.m. on Sundays.

Chaifetz said that a spare plane will be parked at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in order to ensure on-time and reliable service to customers. Flying time between the two locations will be one hour and 20 minutes.

"We are nothing like the past airlines that have been here," Chaifetz said. "For starters, we have been in business for the past 35 years. We have a long history of reliable operations. We have really invested in the product we will be delivering here."

He said the agreement will create 20 new jobs.

Mayor Robert Reichert is excited about the new work opportunity.

"In addition to the 20 jobs that it's going to create here locally, it's going to be huge because it puts Macon back on the map as far as air service is concerned," Reichert said.

To book a flight, call 888-33-CONTOUR or go to ContourAirlines.com.

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