New Hope for Long-Sought S.A. to D.C. National Airport Flights

Despite a serious defeat last year, San Antonio officials, who are in Washington today for the annual 'SA to DC' lobbying trip, continue to push for a direct flight from San Antonio to Washington Reagan National Airport, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Unlike most inter city flights, flights into and out of Washington National are controlled by a series of arcane regulations approved by Congress that dictate how far planes my fly into Reagan, which cities can feed flights into the airport, and even what time those flights are allowed to arrive and depart.

Chamber of Commerce President Richard Perez says the delegation met Wednesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told them she supports lifting the resrictions.

"This was during her prepared remarks," he said. "There was a bit of a cheer among the delegation, a lot of hope, and a lot of optimism."

San Antonio for years has had non stop air service to and from Washington Dulles Airport, which is forty miles outside DC in Northern Virginia. But National is on the banks of the Potomac River and is considered the best way to get directly to the Capitol, government offices, and the Pentagon.

San Antonio has long argued that the city's miltiary footprint makes a quick flight to close-in Washingotn National important, and now that San Antonio is emerging as the national leader in the critical field of Cyber Security, Perez says that need is even greater.

He refers to the long battle to the proverbial 'light at the end of the tunnel.'

"The light was shut off when the FAA reauthorization went through last year," he said. "But it looks like the light is back on again. Now its our job to try to get through that tunnel."

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