US Airway's ceremonial inaugural direct flight from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock to Washington's D.C.'s Ronald Reagan National Airport took to the sky marking the beginning of daily, nonstop flights from Little Rock to the nation's capital and one of the most popular destinations for business and leisure.
The Presidential Inaugural Flight Ceremony hosted representatives from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission and US Airways; Stephanie Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Foundation; Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola; Arkansas House Speaker-Designate Darrin Williams; and U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin. Street and Airport Commission Chairman Jim Dailey spoke about the significance of a direct flight between two airports named after two of the country's great presidencies. The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team fired an official water canon salute over the US Airways airplane as it taxied from the gate to the runway.
"This new direct flight from Little Rock to Washington, D.C., is another way we're working to offer the best in convenience for our passengers. We have many residents in Arkansas who do business in Washington on a regular basis. Offering a daily direct flight will allow for shorter travel times and less hassle," Dailey said.
The US Airways flight will be offered at varying times each day. The flight is just over two hours in length and flies into Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Sunday also served as the first event held at the newly renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. It was historic in that the new flight connects Clinton National to Reagan National.
Travelers may book flights through the airport's website at www.fly-lit.com or through US Airways' website at www.usairways.com or by calling US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.
About Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is the state's largest commercial service airport, serving 2.2 million passengers annually. As Arkansans' "Gateway to the World," the airport is home to six airlines with 124 flight arrivals and departures each day. Non-stop jet service is provided to 16 national gateway cities. The airport is currently in Phase I of a major construction initiative that will eventually transform it into an international airport. Clinton National Airport plays a major role in the city's economy with a more than $1.2 billion impact each year, including providing Arkansans with more than 4,000 jobs on the airport's 2,200.