WNBA gives itself upgrade with charters. NWSL still flying commercial.

The NWSL is now the outlier.

With the WNBA announcing this week it will use charter flights for all games, beginning this season, the NWSL will be the only major U.S. professional league still flying commercial. The day is “fast approaching” that that needs to change, Meghann Burke, executive director of the NWSL Players Association, told USA TODAY Sports in an email.

“NWSL players fly tens of thousands of miles in a season across four time zones in a geographic footprint that spans up to 3,000 miles from point to point,” Burke wrote. “As players are apparently forced to fly in middle seats on commercial flights, the number of games increases, expansion results in longer distance and more frequent travel, charter flights aren’t a luxury — they’re becoming a necessity.”

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