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Jack Brooks Airport sees increase in number of passengers
NEDERLAND - by Lauren Huet
On February 14, 2013, American Airlines began providing service from Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Nederland to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Since then, the Jack Brooks Airport Director says they have seen a steady increase in passengers.
United Continental Airlines used to provide service from Jack Brooks to Houston, but ended its service July 2012. Locals say they are glad to have an airline operating so close to them once more.
"Most of the time we would drive to Houston," said Lee Frazier, before she boarded a flight to Dallas. "And you got to fight with the traffic. Then the big airport is a lot of hassle."
Another Nederland resident, Josh Danna, agreed. "You know it's great. I don't have to travel to Houston, I got free parking right there, it's close to home, and actually, I found ticket prices are cheaper going through here."
Jack Brooks Airport Director Alex Rupp said he's happy to see the parking lot filled with cars. "We're very excited to see air service return," he said. "Excited to see people utilizing it."
Since American Airlines began flying out of Jack Brooks, Rupp said he's seen a 20-percent increase in passengers, and expects to see more this fall.
"I hope that we have full planes leaving here," he said. "I mean [with] Thanksgiving [and] Christmas. And I would encourage people, if they are going to plan a trip, to book early."
Rupp says Dallas is an ideal connection with 180 destinations offering a world of opportunity.