CAE hosts gate party celebration for restarted nonstop service on American Airlines to LGA

May 8, 2023

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) celebrated the return of nonstop service on American Airlines from Columbia, S.C. to New York City/LaGuardia.

“The return of this nonstop service is the last route needed to reestablish CAE’s nonstop destination roster to its pre-pandemic status,” said Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, Kim J. Crafton. “We are thrilled to have such a strong airline partner in American Airlines and appreciate their robust presence in our market.”

The inaugural flight departed today from CAE at 4:40 p.m. and landed at LGA at 6:40 p.m. The return of this service and proposed afternoon schedule provides yet another, afternoon, flight option for passengers heading to New York City from CAE. (Currently, there is a nonstop flight to LGA on Delta Air Lines that leaves daily from CAE at 6 a.m.).

The aircraft type used for this route is an E175, with roughly 65 – 76 seats configured into business and economy classes.

“The return of this American Airlines service shows that this community continues to consider and choose CAE to fly out of when making their air travel plans,” said Executive Director of CAE, Mike Gula. “We are thankful for the ongoing support and appreciate each and every person that sees the value in flying local.”


About the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

Now providing 26+ daily flights with nonstop service to 10 major airports in nine cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, *Miami (*Seasonal service returning on June 3, 2022 on American Airlines on Saturdays only), New York City (LGA), Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National), Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), a two-time Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility, continues to be a major economic driver for the Midlands region. Welcoming over 1 million passengers in 2022, CAE is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines and serves as a regional cargo hub for UPS. CAE is also served by FedEx. Want to save money the next time your park at the airport? Pre-book your parking, park and save on the spot by visiting For additional more information about CAE in general, please visit