New airlines would offer flights between Columbia, Denver

If approved by the Columbia City Council, United Airlines would start serving Columbia on August 1. (File)

Columbia City Council members were prepared to launch new non-stop flights between Columbia and Denver.

The deal called for both United and American Eagle airlines to fly in and out of the Columbia Regional Airport.

If approved, United Airlines would start serving Columbia on August 1.

The deal includes a $600,000 revenue guarantee, the waiving of $125,000 in fees and $250,000 in free advertising.

“These are common," Columbia councilman Michael Trapp said. "No one is really creating new flights in communities without some type of incentive package. I think it’s a good deal for the city.”

Columbia council members approved a massive overhaul of the city’s zoning ordinances.

The Unified Development Code limits the size of buildings in historic neighborhoods near the Mizzou campus and Downtown Columbia.

Trapp said the proposed zoning changes are fair to everyone.

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