Airlines out of Austin Straubel make it easier for fans to get to Green Bay Packers road games
ASHWAUBENON – Two airlines offer Green Bay Packers fans direct flights to three games this year. Or four if you're a Packers fan living in Minnesota.
"With COVID and where we are, the leisure travel market is back. All of the airlines are looking for these opportunities to service leisure travelers," said Marty Piette, Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport director. "I think they are going to be really popular."
As of Tuesday, the basic economy fare on United Airlines from Green Bay to New Orleans was $247. The economy fare was $327, and first class was $655. The flight leaves late Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11, and returns Monday morning, Sept. 13.
For the flight to San Francisco, the basic economy fare was $375, the economy fare was $455, and first class was $1,329. The flight leaves late Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, and returns Monday afternoon, Sept. 27.
United isn't the only airline catering to Packers fans. Sun Country offers flights to and from Minneapolis for Packers-Vikings games. Delta also provides direct flights to the Twin Cities, but on smaller, commuter planes.
For the noon game in Minneapolis on Nov. 21, the flight leaves Green Bay at 7 a.m. and returns to Austin Straubel at 9:40 p.m.
For the game in Green Bay on Jan. 2, the flight leaves Minneapolis at noon and departs Austin Straubel for the return trip at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 3. The Jan. 2 game is at 7:20 p.m. at Lambeau Field.
The cost for both flights is $136.80.
"It shows they have confidence in the market and they think it’s going to do well," Piette said of the special flights.
While leisure travel is coming back steadily, business travel is still down from 2019 levels, and international travel is virtually non-existent, Piette said.
"We are seeing steady increases. We are still not to 2019 numbers, but we are getting close. We're back to 75-80% of what we were pre-COVID, and that's just with leisure travel," he said.
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