In response to air travel demand for Liberty University’s Commencement next month, Lynchburg Regional Airport announced this week it will increase the number of flights and seating capacity during that time.
There will be seven scheduled US Airways arrivals and departures May 8 through May 13, with the exception of Sunday, May 12, which will have eight. (There are normally six flights on weekdays, four on Saturday, and five on Sunday.)
Mark F. Courtney, airport director, said this is the first time the airport has increased the number of flights for out-of-town guests attending local college graduations.
“It represents a 40-percent increase in our seat capacity,” he said. “We are really excited about offering the additional seats, and we hope that the flights are full so that US Airways will continue to upgrade flights.”
Family and friends of graduates will find the schedule very accommodating, he added.
“It is built so that it has terrific connectivity to non-stop flights out of Charlotte (N.C.) to over 140 destinations. These added frequencies will help to move a lot of people through here and satisfy the needs of those flying in and getting connections. The flights are spread out throughout the day to Charlotte so they don’t have to wait too long to reach their final destination when they make their connection.”
Liberty’s 40th Commencement begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Williams Stadium. More than 30,000 are expected for the main ceremony. Baccalaureate will take place in the Vines Center Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m.