Inaugural Contour Airlines flight takes off from Paducah to Charlotte

A trip to North Carolina is now less than two hours from the Heartland.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 6:07 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 9:53 AM CST
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WEST PADUCAH, Mo. (KFVS) - Barkley Regional Airport celebrated Contour Airlines’ inaugural flight Tuesday morning, December 6.

The first flight landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina in less than two hours.

“Cape Girardeau is going to Nashville. Paducah is going east to Charlotte,” said Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz. “So we’ve got an array of connections available for people in this region to really get them anywhere they need to go and affordably. You know, we’re just thrilled to have the opportunity to go into a hub that we are already serving in Charlotte and offer people in western Kentucky connectivity via the Charlotte hub. We think is going to be a homerun.”

Contour fares are expected to be about $65 from Paducah to Charlotte, with additional connecting domestic and international flights available from Charlotte.

The airline will be using a 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet.

Leaders at Barkley are also excited about the new service offered in the Heartland.

“So it’s checking off a lot of boxes we had,” said Barkley Regional Airport Director Executive Dennis Rouleau. “Going to Charlotte is going to be amazing for us, especially this time of year. We aren’t going to be impacted by weather like we had with O’hare. Charlotte’s going to be an amazing destination for us and you will be able to go north, south and west as well. So Charlotte and Contour is going to be amazing for Barkley.”

Contour Airlines was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to take over service at Barkley Regional Airport back in late August.

The decision came after SkyWest announce it would be terminating their service, which took travelers to Chicago.

Barkley Airport will continue to go through some changes.

A new terminal is scheduled to be completed in spring 2023.