American Airlines to Add Flights at DFW - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/5/04

American Airlines to Add Flights at DFW

American Airlines is planning to halt its non-stop flights between New York, Phoenix and Long Beach and shift those planes to Dallas Fort-Worth International. That could mean good news for Lubbock.

You'll recall Delta Airlines will no longer fly out of Lubbock International starting in February.

American Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, plans to add at least 70 daily departures from DFW by next summer.  That could mean some business dealings for Lubbock International Airport. Officials at LIA are hopeful some of American's DFW additions will fly to Lubbock and help make up for the loss of Delta service.

Deputy Director Steve Nicholson says, "Anything is possible. There's definitely a market here. Delta flights are doing well as far as load factors.  So we're hopeful existing or new carriers might come into the marketplace."

Nicholson says they are constantly talking to different carriers trying to get them to bring more flights into Lubbock. But remember, you currently have 47 flights going in and out of Lubbock to choose from. That number will go down to 43 when Delta pulls out. American, Southwest and Continental Airlines will continue to provide a total of 13 daily flights in and out of Lubbock, plus more on staggered days.

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