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Published October 24, 2012, 02:43 PM

American Airlines adds direct service from Fargo to Dallas

FARGO – American Airlines is adding nonstop flights from here to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

FARGO – American Airlines is adding nonstop flights from here to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

The Fargo to Dallas-Fort Worth flights will be scheduled one per day, starting Feb. 14.

Paige Teel, regional manager of business development and sales for the airline, said at a news conference Wednesday that in 2013, American Airlines is also adding two new domestic destinations – Beaumont, Texas, and Columbia, Mo. – plus four new international services: Dallas to Lima, Peru; Chicago to Dusseldorf, Germany; Dallas to Seoul, Korea; and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport to Dublin.

“(This) really helps our customer base for business travelers heading to South America and to the Asian countries” said Don Kilander, chairman of Fargo‘s Municipal Airport Authority Board.

The flights on CRJ200 planes – which seat 50 in two-by-two rows – will depart Dallas at 12:05 p.m. each day and arrive in Fargo at 2:30 p.m. The plane will then depart Fargo at 3:05 p.m. to land in Dallas at 5:30 p.m.

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of five major hubs for American Airlines.

“That opens up a lot of opportunities for people flying out of Fargo,” Teel said.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said businesses such as Bobcat and Caterpillar do a considerable amount of business in the southern U.S. and internationally. He said the added routes will be convenient for many business travelers from his city.

Teel said American Airlines has 550 aircrafts on order. In five years, the airline will have the “newest” fleet of any major airline, she said.

Tickets for the Fargo to Dallas-Fort Worth flight will be available starting Sunday.

The Fargo Municipal Airport Authority secured a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $300,000 of contributions from the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to make the service possible, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the airport authority.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

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