Will Rogers World Airport has been given a second chance at a connection to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
US Airways on Thursday proposed a daily nonstop flight between the Oklahoma City airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. If approved, the airline also would add two daily trips between Oklahoma City and Charlotte, N.C., the airline's largest hub with more than 125 connections.
Oklahoma City travelers would gain an airline and access to two new cities nonstop.
“It would open a whole lot of connections to the eastern part of the country and internationally — Europe, South America, the Caribbean,” said Karen Carney, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport. “The new carrier and the new service it will provide to travelers would be a great win for us.”
US Airways filed its proposal with the U.S. Department of Transportation to fill slots vacated by Spirit Airlines, which is no longer flying to the D.C. airport. Other proposals for the slots include Southwest Airlines, which bid for Houston Hobby, and Jet Blue, which bid for Jacksonville, Fla.
Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines made a bid on another opening at Washington Reagan with a route to Oklahoma City, but that route was awarded to US Airways to continue nonstop service to Jackson, Miss.
In its proposal, US Airways argues that Oklahoma City is the largest metro area without service to Washington Reagan and it was endorsed by Southwest during the previous route proceeding.
The airline wants to serve the D.C. flight on a mainline E-190 jet that seats 99, departing the nation's capital at 1:50 p.m. and arriving in Oklahoma City at 4:10 p.m. Eastbound flights would depart Oklahoma City at 4:40 p.m. and arrive in D.C. at 8:30 p.m.
Proposed flights to Charlotte, N.C., would depart at 7:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. All flights would have two classes of service.
US Airways estimates it would serve more than 56,000 passengers annually with the D.C. service and 84,000 travelers with the Charlotte flights.
DOT officials will look at the need for the service in the government, private sector and community.
Carney said travelers can submit comments about the proposal to the airport or online at www.regulations.gov.