ASHWAUBENON – Two airlines are offering Green Bay Packers fans direct flights to three games this year. Or four if you’re a Packers fan living in Minnesota.
United Airlines has scheduled non-stop flights from Green Bay to New Orleans and San Francisco, and Sun Country Airlines between Green Bay and Minneapolis.
“With COVID and where we are at, the leisure travel market is back. All airlines are looking for these opportunities to serve leisure travelers,” said Marty Piette, manager of Green Bay International Airport. Austin Straubel. “I think they’re going to be very popular.”
The base economy fare on United Airlines from Green Bay to New Orleans on Tuesday was $ 247. Economy fare was $ 327 and First Class was $ 655. The flight leaves in the late afternoon on Saturday September 11 and returns on Monday morning September 13.
For the flight to San Francisco, the base economy fare was $ 375, the economy fare was $ 455, and the first class was $ 1,329. The flight departs in the late afternoon on Saturday September 25 and returns on Monday afternoon, September 27.
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United aren’t the only airline to keep Packers fans happy. Sun Country offers flights to and from Minneapolis for the Packers-Vikings matches. Delta also offers 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 7:00 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 leaves Austin Straubel for the return trip at 12:30 a.m. January 3. The January 2 game is at 7:20 p.m. at Lambeau Field.
The cost for both flights is $ 136.80.
“It shows that they have confidence in the market and that they think it’s going to be okay,” Piette said of the special flights.
While leisure travel returns regularly, business travel is still down from 2019 levels and international travel is virtually non-existent, Piette said.
“We’re seeing consistent increases. We’re still not at 2019 numbers, but we’re getting close. We’re back to 75-80% of what we were before COVID, and that’s just for travel from accreditation, “he said.
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