Local Company Won't Fly Hooters

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It may be more convenient and it may cost less, but flying Hooters Air out of Rockford is not an option for employees at one local business. The company's decision comes as Hooters revs up its efforts to attract more passengers.

They're one of the largest potential customers on Hooters Air flights from Rockford to Denver, Colorado, but they won't have anything to do with the airline.

Woodward governor says flying aboard Hooters isn't an option for its employees.

"You're going to have to work harder to put the butts in the seats, in particular if you don't have a big major hitter in town using that airline," says airport director Bob O’Brien.

Woodward employees fly to company offices near Denver more than 1,000 times a year; that’s according to an airport survey, but they do so out of Chicago.

A company spokesperson tells us Hooters doesn't represent Woodward's core values and says, “We want to retain a professional atmosphere for employees.”

Hooters customers, however, don't see what all the fuss is about.

"I can't imagine what the bad image is. You have two Hooters girls on the plane. I see nothing wrong with that," says Mary Kemeny.

There’s nothing wrong, customers say, especially when it comes to cutting costs.

"One flight wants $237. They want $117, what’s the difference? There are girls. I see nothing wrong with that," says Richard Kuczmarski.

O'Brien says Woodward's decision just means our community has to work that much harder to fill seats and to convince Hooters Air its business here is worth maintaining.

In an effort to attract more passengers, Hooters Air has extended its discount rates on destinations out of Rockford through March. O'Brien says Hooters ticket sales are on an upward trend.