Those who fly out of the Tri-Cities Airport will soon be able to catch a direct flight to Dallas/Fort Worth.
Airport officials made the announcement Thursday that American Airlines will be operating twice daily to DFW starting in September.
TRI leaders tell us their research shows people in our area want to travel farther west.
This new route to Dallas will mark the 5th direct flight you can take from the Tri-Cities. This also marks the third nonstop service to a major U.S. hub from TRI.
American Airlines will fly a 44 passenger jet to Dallas – once in the early morning and once in the early evening. Coming home – you can fly in the afternoon or evening.
“Now with this new route, this is 84 more one-stop destinations, then what we’ve had in the past,” Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey said.
With that new nonstop service – means growth for our region, Cossey said.
“It’ll spur economic growth, it’ll make for better connections, it’ll be more attractive to businesses who want to come to the area. Our businesses that are right now in the area will find doing business in other parts of the country is easier now than ever. So it’s going to be a big boom for everybody,” Cossey said.
Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy said our region already does business with people in Dallas.
“We have site selectors there that market our parks here, so I think it’s an opportunity for Aerospace Park, I think it’s an opportunity for our industrial park, and it’s really an opportunity for our citizens to have a whole new gateway to the western part of the country,” Grandy said.
Cossey said there’s more to come from growing Tri-Cities Airport.
“We really believe that this is just the first of a lot of growth that’s going to come up in the next few years,” Cossey said.
The flight to Dallas is around 2.5 hours.
You can start booking this flight on April 15.
The route starts September 4.
American Airlines has announced they’ll be adding flights in August to support the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The following is a news release about the announcement from Tri-Cities Airport officials:
“American Airlines and the Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) announced nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning September 4, 2019. The new service will be twice daily and available for booking starting April 15, 2019.
“We are very excited to grow our presence at TRI,” said Cedric Rockamore, American Airlines Vice President of Hub Operations at DFW. “Offering two daily flights from TRI to DFW will help us continue to provide customers in this market an opportunity to easily travel to our largest hub and connect on American to numerous destinations around the world.”
“We are thrilled American Airlines has chosen to expand service at TRI by adding twice daily service to Dallas,” said Gene Cossey, TCAA executive director. “The Dallas flight, and continuing our work to increase service, are vital to the region’s business and tourism communities. Our passengers will now have access to 84 additional one-stop routes that are not currently available from TRI on American Airlines.”
“Our community has been asking for this flight for some time and we are so pleased that American Airlines has chosen to add daily jet service to DFW,” said Jon Smith, TCAA Chairman. “The Tri-Cities region will now have direct access to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond for work or leisure. Additional service connects people and economies, making this region an even better place to live, work, and play.”
American Airlines will now offer nonstop service to Charlotte and Dallas/Forth Worth from TRI. Flights can be booked on the www.TRIflight.com booking engine or directly with American at www.aa.com.”
You can watch the entire news conference below.