On a typical day, 138 people fly from Port Columbus to San Francisco International Airport — and a similar number fly from the popular West Coast city to Columbus.
“You can get to San Francisco numerous ways, and the trip is relatively fast,” said David Whitaker, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s vice president of business development.
But you have to change planes.
That’s a situation Whitaker and the airport authority are trying to change, with the help of the 14-member Jobs, Expansion & Transportation — or JET — Task Force recently created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
They believe a nonstop flight between Columbus and the City by the Bay will have local economic benefits. San Francisco is the most popular destination from Columbus that lacks direct service. It’s followed by Seattle.
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Each day, San Francisco sends and receives more Port Columbus passengers than any other city without direct service from CMH.