August 7, 2018

American to add nonstop flight from Tweed to NC

Photo | Contributed
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American Airlines will begin a nonstop, Saturday flight from Tweed New Haven Regional Airport to Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 22.

American Airlines, which began offering the only commercial jet service out of New Haven late last year, will begin a Saturday flight from Tweed New Haven Regional Airport to Charlotte, N.C. in December, officials announced Monday.

American currently offers daily nonstop flights from Tweed to Philadelphia on its 50-seat American Eagle regional jet aircraft, which replaced American's turboprop planes last November.

The new nonstop flight, set to begin Dec. 22, will connect travelers in the region to American's second-largest U.S. hub, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. From there, passengers can catch connecting flights to more than 150 destinations, including Florida, officials said.

City and economic development leaders expressed optimism over the new route, calling expanded service at Tweed a key to growing the region's economy.

"This new service, offering more people greater access to flights throughout the world, makes Tweed a stronger asset and a more convenient option for New Haven and the region," Mayor Toni Harp said in a statement.

Harp and members of the business community, including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Yale New Haven Hospital, pushed hard earlier this year for legislation that would have allowed Tweed to extend its main runway 1,000 feet. But the proposal died amid objections from residents living near the airport, who feared increased pollution, noise and traffic.

Airport officials say the current 5,600-foot runway is too short to accommodate most commercial aircraft and is hampering efforts to bring other airlines to Tweed.

Tweed, in federal court last year, unsuccessfully challenged a 2009 state law that limits the runway to its existing length. The law was part of an agreement between New Haven, which owns the airport, and East Haven, where it is partially located.

Ginny Kozlowski, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven/REX Development, called Tweed's growth critical to keeping businesses in Connecticut and helping to attract new ones from outside the state.

"This new service clearly demonstrates American's confidence in the greater New Haven market, but there is still more work to be done to strengthen Tweed and make it the economic engine that our region so desperately needs," she said.

American subsidiary PSA Airlines, which flies under the American Eagle brand, will operate the new two-hour flight, which will depart Tweed at 9:55 a.m. and arrive in Charlotte at 11:58 a.m. The return flight will leave Charlotte at 7:35 a.m. and land in New Haven at 9:20 a.m.

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