Our neighbors in central Missouri are enjoying their new service to Memphis. The Columbia Tribune reports:
"A month after more than 100 hopeful onlookers gathered at Columbia Regional Airport on Aug. 19 to celebrate Mesaba Airlines’ first flight from Columbia to Memphis, much of the fanfare is gone, but one thing remains: passengers, and more of them than the airport has had in awhile. During its first 30 days of service, Mesaba took 1,097 passengers to Memphis, which beats the previous carrier’s monthly passenger average by 220 percent."
Mesaba uses the Saab 340 on the route. It's a prop driven plane that's typically configured to hold 37 passengers. It will be interesting to see how long this service will last — particularly in light of the weak economy, high fuel prices, and the generally poor health of the Essential Air Service program.