Stabenow Announces Extension of Direct Flight Service between Lansing and DC

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration granted American Airlines an extension to continue providing direct service from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport (LAN) to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). The extension will remain in place until October 29, 2019.


“Having a direct flight from Michigan’s capital to our nation’s capital is a major boost to Mid-Michigan’s economy,” said Senator Stabenow. “Continuing this important nonstop service benefits Michigan State University and the FRIB, local businesses and Port Lansing’s international trade facilities.”


“We are happy to report that our voices in the Lansing region were heard loud and clear in Washington, DC,” said Wayne Sieloff, CEO and President of Capital Region Airport Authority. “We are also appreciative of the continued support from Senator Stabenow.”


Senator Stabenow was key in securing this flight service in 2011 and ensuring Lansing kept a direct route to Washington, D.C. In February 2018, Stabenow called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to extend the slot exemption for American Airlines to continue this nonstop service. In July 2016, Senator Stabenow took part in the inaugural direct flight service on American Airlines flying from Lansing to Washington, D.C.