Ind. lawmakers send letter to restore flights from Evansville to Chicago & Detroit

Ind. lawmakers send letter to restore flights from Evansville to Chicago & Detroit
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 8:07 AM CDT|Updated: May. 27, 2022 at 5:32 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Three Indiana lawmakers want to see flights restored from Evansville to Chicago and Detroit.

Indiana 8th District Representative Larry Bucshon, along with U.S. Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun sent a letter to the CEOs of Delta and American Airlines. They wrote that the recent disruption of service would hurt the local economy.

[Previous Story: American Airlines pauses last remaining Chicago flights out of Evansville]

[Previous Story: Delta pauses flights from EVV to Detroit]

Bucshon, Young and Braun cited a study that found Evansville Regional Airport was directly responsible for generating more than $900 million in economic benefits annually for the region.

“It’s critical to get those flights back. It’s really a huge problem, we pointed out to them in the letter, as you know,” says Bucshon, “The amount of commerce that happens in the Tri-State region, and how critical it is for us to have adequate flights.”

The goal of these resumed flights is to bridge the gap between the Tri-State to not just the north, but hopefully the rest of the world.

Bucshon says with the amount of commerce in our area, there’s a lack of accessibility.

“There’s no flights north to O’Hare Airport or to Detroit, and the business community,” says Bucshon, “Particularly companies like Toyota and others are pretty hamstrung by that. They have a lot of people that need to travel.”

It’s not just the businesses and commerce though. Bucshon says the lack of flights hinders regular passengers as well.

“Some people may make the decision, especially now, with high gasoline prices, that they just can’t afford these trips because now they have to drive for an hour and a half or two hours to get to an airport to catch a flight that they need to go on vacation,” says Bucshon.

Bucshon says that he was in contact with the airlines before the letter was sent, and he’s looking to keep working on them until the flights are restored.

“Even though they’re saying they might bring these flights back,” says Bucshon, “I want answers from the CEOs about why a really very important area of Indiana and the Tri-State region is not getting these flights back.”

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