The $23 million new terminal project underway at Columbia Regional Airport includes an extension of COU's runway (September 2021 file photo courtesy of Emery Sapp and Sons drone)

United to indefinitely suspend flights from Columbia Regional Airport, effective January 4

The $23 million new terminal project underway at
Columbia Regional Airport includes an extension of COU’s runway (September 2021 file photo courtesy of Emery Sapp and Sons drone)

Columbia officials say United Airlines will indefinitely suspend flights from Columbia Regional Airport (COU), effective in January.

Chicago-based United cites limited resources and staffing impacts caused by the ongoing pandemic. COU is one of eight locations impacted by United’s indefinite suspension.

United currently offers twice daily service from Columbia Regional to O’Hare.

City manager John Glascock says COU is in constant contact with United and other carriers to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on the travel industry. Mr. Glascock’s statement indicates that United may not return to COU.  He says Columbia Regional and the city will continue to create an environment where American can thrive to ensure it’s successful in the region.

Dallas-based American currently has five daily flights out of COU: three to Dallas and two to O’Hare.

COU director Michael Parks told 939 the Eagle last week that he’s hopeful that daily flights to Charlotte will begin in 2022. Mr. Parks said last week that they’re continuing discussions with American Airlines about the timing of the Charlotte route.

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