Charleston launches flights to nation's capital

Charleston launches flights to nation's capital

The headache of catching connecting flights to the heart of our nation's capital could be a thing of the past.

That's because Charleston International Airport launched a new non-stop daily service to Washington, DC Thursday.

Airport officials described JetBlue's expansion as a testament that the skies over Charleston are getting bluer.

One flight will leave from CHS at 7:25 a.m. and arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at 8:52 a.m.

It will come back from DCA to CHS at 1:06 p.m. and arrive at 2:42 p.m.

Another flight will leave from CHS at 3:20 p.m. and arrive at DCA at 4:49 p.m.

It will come back from DCA at 6:30 p.m., arriving at CHS at 8:06 p.m.

Frequent flyers who took advantage of the inaugural flight said this will alleviate a lot of major headaches.

"I've had to take flights from Atlanta to here and I actually got caught in Atlanta during the huge blizzard they had here earlier in the year," said Matthew Bernard, heading to D.C. to visit family. "I was stuck there for a couple of days. So, it's kind of nice to fly straight out of Charleston now."

"I think it's great for the community. It's great for the operations," said GM of JetBlue at CHS. "It's great for the airport and I think it just marries up along with a lot of growth that's going on here locally in the community."

The flight will seat 100 passengers.

JetBlue also has non-stop flights, from Charleston, to Boston and New York.

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