Every WNBA team to begin using charter flights by May 21

The WNBA will use league-wide charter flights for the first time this season, the organization announced Thursday.  

"We are excited to announce the launch of a full charter program as soon as possible for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, which demonstrates the WNBA's continued growth," Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement.  

"We have worked hard to transform the business and create a sustainable economic model to support charter flights in the long term.  

"While we still have a lot of work to do to continue to execute our strategic plan, we feel confident that the time is now to institute a full charter program to demonstrate our commitment to leading with a player-first agenda," she stated.  

Among other issues, players have stated that using charter flights would alleviate years of safety concerns. It means no more long security lines, bodyguards in public places, cramped legroom, or layovers for professional athletes who have been advocating for better travel since before Caitlin Clark helped boost interest in the league.  

"On behalf of the players, I express my appreciation and support for the Commissioner's and team governors' bold move, which demonstrates that they understand and value the players' health and safety." It's time to be transformational. "It's time to bet on women," she declared.  

The WNBA’s 28th season tips off on Tuesday. 

It is time to be transformational. It’s time to bet on women," she said. 

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