MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Commercial flights are officially taking off at the Downtown Airport at Brookley Air Field. The first flight left to Chicago Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re flying out to Chicago, we’re going to see the play, Hamilton, finally,” said Robin Brooks, one of the passengers on the first flight from Mobile.
Brooks was among the first people to fly commercially out of the Mobile Downtown Airport. She says when she first heard the announcement, it was an easy decision to book her flight.
“The price, the location, and the destination,” said Brooks.
“Just a lot closer, real convenient,” said Frank Bryant, another passenger on the first flight.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson was also aboard the first flight. Frontier Air is offering flights to Chicago and Denver.
“I know others are already paying attention. It’s just a huge, transformational opportunity for our city,” said Mayor Stimpson.
The $8-million terminal only has two gates right now, but there are plans to expand.
“We hope to expand the other 30,000 feet once AirBus vacates the end of July,” said Chris Curry, the president of the Mobile Airport Authority.
With the expansion, comes the chance for more flights.
“We truly believe that within the next 5 or 6 years, we can bring our total commercial service operation to the downtown airport,” said Curry.
The idea is the Downtown Airport is more accessible for those coming from Baldwin County and would have a greater competitive edge against Pensacola. Which is something Brook agrees with, she explained, “this would be the prime location for us to fly out of.”
Taking off with eyes on the future.
Via Airlines is scheduled to start flying to Orlando out of the downtown airport starting May 2.