Easterwood Airport benefiting from the move to the SEC

POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 3:40pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Now that the Aggies are in the SEC fans have to travel farther to go to the games but this weekend A&M plays at home against LSU so it's Tiger fans who will be coming here.

Business at Easterwood Airport is literally taking off ever since the Aggies moved to the Southeastern Conference.

"I think the Florida game proved to us that it's going to be a big improvement being in the SEC," said John Happ, director of aviation at Easterwood. 

Flights on game-day weekends have increased from around 100 to about 170, which means more fuel sales and even more revenue.

"The farther the aircraft have to fly, the more fuel they'll need to fly home so that helps our bottom line," said Happ."

And it's not just an increase in flights but also a 20 percent rise in car rentals.

Happ said, "We have so many people flying in for the games that our entire parking lot was filled with rental cars."

And Happ says they're ready for visitors in town for the big game.

"We're really excited about having LSU this weekend and that's a pretty good distance so now we just have to worry about the weather."

The Aggies and Tigers kick off on Saturday at 11:00 at Kyle Field.

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