Mobile gets direct air service to D.C.

United Airlines adds nonstop flight to nation’s capital

Beginning June 27, United Airlines will offer twice daily nonstop flights between Mobile Regional Airport and Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport. United already offers flights between Mobile and the airline’s hub in Houston.

The new service is the second recent announcement for the airport, which is preparing to open a new airport closer to downtown Mobile. In February, Breeze Airways announced new service to Mobile, which will start in April.

”We’re pleased to bring Mobile convenient nonstop access to Washington, D.C.” said United’s Managing Director of Domestic Planning Mark J. Weithofer. “The new flights will also provide seamless connections to more than 50 domestic and 20 international destinations via United’s hub at Washington Dulles International.”

Mobile airport officials have hoped that the upgrades at the airport would attract new and better service for air travelers.

“Launching a nonstop flight from Mobile to Washington D.C. is a monumental achievement for our city and region,” said Mobile Airport Authority Chairman Elliot Maisel. “After years of demand, we’re thrilled to finally offer this direct route, which not only enhances our connectivity but also signifies our commitment to elevating the travel experience for both our business community and leisure travelers.”

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Mobile Airport Authority President Chris Curry added, “United Airlines’ decision to launch this service not only reflects the growing demand for air travel options from Mobile but also underscores the Mobile Airport Authority’s commitment to enhancing accessibility and fostering economic growth in our community.”

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson also welcomed the news, adding that “Like many other local travelers, I look forward to taking advantage of this new nonstop service soon.”

And Mobile Chamber President Bradley Byrne, a former congressman for the region, said, “This new nonstop route to Washington D.C. is a watershed moment for economic development in our region, opening doors to increased business opportunities, fostering collaboration and further positioning Mobile as a hub for growth.”

Mobile’s new airport facilities, slated to open in 2025, will provide air service closer to downtown and the seaport, with easy access to Interstates 10 and 65. While the current airport is a regional facility, the new one will be an international airport.

Earlier this week, the airport received $2 million in state funds for land acquisition to support industrial development.

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