EUGENE, Ore. -- Daily, nonstop American Airlines flights from Eugene to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport took off Thursday for the first time.
This comes after a low average of passengers during the pandemic at the Eugene Airport.
The first flight to DFW left around noon PST.
While this may seem like a normal traveling connection between two cities, it comes at a time where both states are on two opposite ends of the spectrum regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.
Oregon has been operating on a largely consistent ranking of risk levels which ultimately determines what sort of activities people can participate in. Conversely, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced earlier this week that he is removing all state mandate restrictions, which essentially means the state is wide open to the discretion of individual cities.
We spoke with both passengers and residents of Lane County to see how they feel about their county welcoming consistent travel between the two cities in the midst of a pandemic. The results were mixed.
Roseburg resident Joyce Redcay boarded the flight to Dallas, and she said as long as people do what they’re supposed to do in terms of masking up and practicing social distancing, she’s not particularly worried about people spreading the virus.
“I think if everyone just uses common sense and stays safe … as safe as they can, I think it’s going to be ok," Redcay said.
While the restrictions vary from city to city, and state to state, the airlines and airports themselves established a strict set of guidelines that passengers must abide by in order to prevent the spread.
Eugene resident Gall Shonfeld said he’d rather wait to see what happens as opposed to passing judgement too early.
The aircrafts began their daily two-class service today, with larger aircrafts scheduled to begin use in June.