ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Thursday marked the start of non-stop flights from Dulles in Washington D.C. to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. To mark the occasion, the airport hosted a celebration for the community.

"Bringing the community together and bringing business together and through that , we all succeed," United Airlines Representative Matthew Colbert says.

And succeed they did!

"Today was the first flight back and forth. We had a plane come in from Dulles  and the outgoing flight was actually overbooked, they actually had to many people booked on it and they came on the air and announced they were looking for people to bump to another flights. So it means that people are eager to do this," says Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.

The non-stop flight is not only a chance for those who need to go back-and-forth to D.C., but it will also help with people who may want to fly more internationally.

"We're excited that from Washington, you'll be able to hop on one-stop flights to the West Coast, to Asia, to Europe. It's a great opportunity," Robertson added.

While the airport in Ithaca is only regional right now, in just about a month, construction will get underway on a $24 million renovation project, which will eventually transform the facility into the Ithaca-Tompkins International airport.

Additional information about the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport can be found here: