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Flights and staff added for Masters Week

Less than 30 days away and the buzz begins. Augusta Regional Airport will be a hub of activity when more than 40,000 patrons pour in for the first major of the year. Both American Airlines and Delta are upping their game by adding direct flights to additional cities.

The airlines already offer direct flights to Washington, D.C. and Dallas, from April 2 through April 10,
but gearing up for tournament week, American Airlines will provide direct flights to Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York (LaGuardia), Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. (Reagan National).

For Delta Airlines, the flights will go to Atlanta, Detroit, and New York (LaGuardia).

“As things begin to normalize, it is great to see the expansion and growth of the Masters Week airline flight offerings,” said Herbert Judon, Jr., Airport Executive Director. “We are privileged to provide one of the main gateways for thousands of visitors travelling to and from our city. However, I also want to especially remind our locals that these additional flights also represent an opportunity to “get out of town” and enjoy service to destinations we may not normally provide.”

Augusta Regional adds staff and airline add flights in preparation for the tournament like no other, the 2023 Masters.

The airport’s Passenger Assistance Liaisons (PALS) help visitors as they pass through Augusta Regional. Normally, the airport has five PALS on duty, Monday through Friday, from 4:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. That will balloon to 12 during Masters Week on various shifts, beginning March 27 through April 10.

The airport will also hire temporary staff for other departments, including linemen and environmental services. Airport tenants, including the airlines and car rental businesses, also hire additional staff for the week.

“Tournament week is our busiest time of the year. We ask that travelers give themselves plenty of time for road travel, check-in, screening, and boarding. At least 180 minutes prior to their departure time,” said Lauren Smith, Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Checking in with your airline prior to arrival will help expedite the check-in process as well. We ask that passengers continue to check with their airlines directly for any updates on their flights.”

If any traveler is feeling anxious or stressed, relief will be just a step, or four paws, away. Augusta Regional Airport now has four teams of therapy dogs to provide a calming presence.

Visit www.FlyAGS.com to book flights.

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