On Tuesday, January 8, the City of Waynesville and the City of St. Robert joined with Contour Airlines at the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport (WSRA) on Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) to announce the new commercial jet service that will begin on February 12, 2019.
The airport plays a large part in the region’s tourism industry. With over 150,000 visitors coming to the Fort Leonard Wood Region every year to attend military graduations, safe, fast, affordable flights into and out of the region are essential.
“The Contour jet service will allow local community members and those visiting the region to do so comfortably, quickly, and safely. We’ve seen the demand for this type of service grow over the years and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on our regional economy,” said St. Robert mayor George Lauritson.
This new daily jet service between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis will accommodate up to 30 passengers on each flight with a flight time of less than 30 minutes. Introductory fares will start at $29 each way for tickets purchased before January 22, 2019 and regular fares will range from $39 to $99 each way. Currently, tickets can be purchased through Contour’s website or by calling Contour at: 888-332-6686.
The new service doubles the daily capacity of the current local air service and as a result the cities, along with cooperation from their FLW partners, will soon be making temporary modifications to the existing commercial terminal to accommodate the increase.
“As cities, we are proud today to be moving forward in our plan to make our airport more accessible and user-friendly. We welcome jet service to our regional airport and are working for even more improvements in the future,” said Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman.
Securing jet service at the WSRA has been an important regional strategy in strengthening the future of FLW and the four-county region around the installation. The new jet service is an important quality of life improvement for the region and enhances FLW’s mission by making it easier and more efficient for official military travel to and from the installation itself.
Contour Airlines was founded in 1982. With the addition of the route between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis, they now provide service in seven states. Their Embraer regional jets will provide passengers with comfortable seating, a beverage and snack service, as well as a complimentary first checked bag, one carry-on item, and one small personal item for each passenger.
The Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport is located on Fort Leonard Wood and is one of two Army joint use airports in the country. The airport is open to the general public for normal commercial travel and also provides general aviation services. More information about the airport can be found here: www.flyflw.com.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.