Columbus Airport Commission Sees 20/20 as They Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

Posted by: West Georgia Eye Care Center in Frontpage Article on April 20, 2018

The Columbus Airport Commission is now 50 years old! What began as a provider for airmail service to an up-and-coming Columbus has grown into the fourth largest airport, serving the second largest city, in Georgia. In 1968, Delta Airlines began service to Columbus and today Delta Connection / Express Jet serves as the carrier. Visitors to the Columbus Airport can expect friendly service, and can enjoy the amenities of the 66,000 square foot facility. In 2018 it is estimated that the Columbus Airport has significant economic impact on Columbus, contributing over $70 million annually to the economy and employing more than 600 people.

In the past, West Georgia Eye Care Center representatives or doctors made weekly trips to the Columbus Airport to pick up corneal transplant tissue that was air-shipped from the Georgia Eye Bank. The chilled eye tissue was packaged with ice and transported in the cockpit for delivery to Columbus and eventually to the surgical suite for transplantation. Many citizens of Columbus have been given a second chance at sight because of the partnership between the Georgia Eye Bank, The Columbus Airport and West Georgia Eye Care Center. The Eye Bank has grown to have its own network of couriers and no longer uses the air courier; however, we appreciate the important role that the Columbus Airport filled for many years.

There is excitement at the Columbus Airport as there are renovation and growth project plans that are designated as “VISION 2020”. These plans include additions and enhancements to nearly every area of the airport and are projected to be accomplished by 2020. That name resonates with us at West Georgia Eye Care Center! Our patients often consider 20/20 as “best”, and the goal at WGECC is to reach the best vision potential for every patient!

Here’s to “VISION 2020”! Happy Anniversary and God Bless Columbus Airport!