Lincoln Airport

United Airlines will be offering a direct flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Lincoln on Sept. 27, the day before Ohio State plays Nebraska in football.

The Lincoln Airport will be getting a new flight destination in September.

Unfortunately, it's a one-time-only event, and it's really for people flying into Lincoln rather than those flying out.

United Airlines this week announced it will offer a direct flight on Sept. 27 from John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, to the Lincoln Airport.

The flight is intended for Ohio State fans who want to attend the OSU-Nebraska football game on Sept. 28. It will leave Lincoln and return to Columbus on Sept. 29.

The flight is part of a promotion United is doing this year in which it is offering one point-to-point flight to a college destination on nine weekends during the season.

"Our playbook this year will make it easier than ever for fans, alumni and students to cheer on their teams in other college towns across the country," Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning, said in a news release. "It's exciting for football fans and even more exciting for United to be able to operate nonstop flights between these communities for the very first time."

United will kick off the program Aug. 30 with a direct flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Dallas, for Oregon fans to attend the Ducks' matchup at AT&T Stadium with the Auburn Tigers.

It will culminate on Nov. 9, with a direct flight from South Bend, Indiana, to Raleigh, North Carolina, to accommodate Notre Dame fans wanting to attend their team's game with Duke.

The Columbus-Lincoln flight will be on an Embraer 175 regional jet, which seats 76 people, and departures are scheduled at 12:30 p.m. On Friday morning, the cheapest round-trip ticket available was $464.

For more information and the full list of games, go to: bit.ly/31Mjey6.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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