Middle Georgia Regional Airport prepares for flights to Washington, D.C.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Before flights to Washington, D.C take off, the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is getting some TLC.

“We’re trying to spruce some things up a bit,” said airport manager, Erick D’Leon. “We’re doing some exterior painting now, we resurfaced the main parking lot. We’ve got a new awning for the folks that are traveling in and out.”

D’Leon and his team have had their hands full preparing the airport for the new flights.

“It’s already much easier to come out than other airports,” said D’Leon. “But now we want to make it just as comfortable and more so.”

Contour Airlines will make daily round trips from Macon to Washington Dulles International Airport. D’Leon thinks a lot of people in Middle Georgia will benefit from these flights.

“Definitely have your business travelers, there’s a lot of back and forth commerce to the D.C. area. A lot of them have offices in the D.C area,” said D’Leon. “Robins Air Force Base is a major player here as far as who’s going to use it to travel. Then just your everyday folks who are traveling for leisure purpose.”

D’Leon says people in the area are already very excited and calling the airport asking questions.

“We had somebody call recently that’s looking at a position in the D.C. area and the acceptance on that offer is contingent on these flights,” said D’Leon.

On Wednesday, Contour will announce when the flights take off. D’Leon says they will definitely be this summer. Until then, there’s still work to be done around the airport.

“We’re looking at lighting, doing LED efficient lighting,” said D’Leon. “Just a fresh look. Making it a much enjoyable experience as possible.”

One-way tickets will start as low as $49.