May 7, 2024 - Sports

WNBA to launch full-time charter flights for teams

Cathy Engelbert Commissioner of the WNBA during the 2024 WNBA Draft on April 14, 2025. Photo: Melanie Fidler/NBAE via Getty Images

The WNBA will launch full-time charter flights for its teams this season, commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The league is seeing a surge in popularity through ticket sales and prices, which has amplified questions of pay equity and opportunities for players.

Zoom in: "We intend to fund a full-time charter for this season," Engelbert said Tuesday per AP.

  • The program will begin "as soon as we can get planes in places" and will cost the WNBA around $25 million per year for the next two seasons, she added.

Flashback: The WNBA had said during its draft last month that it planned to again pay for charter flights for the playoffs and for any consecutive games that required air travel.

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