Springs’ inaugural flight to D.C. soars

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The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport saw its inaugural flight to the Washington D. C. area take off this morning.

The CRJ-600, a regional jet, took off with 61 passengers, who included business and leisure travelers.

A boon for military, government and business travelers, the daily United Airlines route departs at 8:55 a.m.

Operated by SkyWest Airlines, the return flight – out of Washington Dulles International Airport – leaves D.C. at 6:55 p.m. and arrives in Colorado Springs at 8:32 p.m.

The airport and airline celebrated this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, prior to the flight’s departure.

Speakers at the ceremony included Vice Mayor Larry Small, Mary Movic, managing director of United Express, and Terry Sullivan, CEO of Experience Pikes Peak, the convention and visitors bureau.