Monday, January 7 2013, 07:51 PM CST
American Airlines prepares for local passengers
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by ASHLEY GASTON - Southeast Texans are one step closer to connecting with the rest of the world.
Employees at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport are getting the terminal ready for American Airlines.
The first flights to Dallas are scheduled to take off next month.
This is the area where customers will check in for their flights.
This afternoon, county workers added this American Airlines sign over the ticket counter.
Employees also put up framed posters of Las Vegas and Mexico.
American Airlines wants Southeast Texans to realize they can fly out of Jefferson County connect in Dallas and fly just about anywhere across the world.
The airport director says American is based in Dallas-Fort Worth. American Eagle is the service that'll fly to and from Dallas. He says it has an on-time record of nearly 100%.
The American Eagle jets will seat about 50 passengers. They're similar to the planes that flew out of the airport until the service stopped at the end of June.
American will offer 4 flights a day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening.
Parking here is free and so is the coffee and the airport manager says it's hard to put a price on short lines and fast service.
"This really is a jewel in Southeast Texas. Hopefully people will realize that and know that. Accessibility to the rest of the world right here in your back door, that's one aspect that everyone needs. Especially a community that needs to grow,” said Alex Rupp. Rupp is the Interim Airport Director.
The director said American Airlines still needs to install the computer software at its ticket counter.
The Federal Government is working on scheduling employees for security and baggage checks.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office will provide security.
The first flight departs on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, and tickets are on sale now online.