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American adds flight from AVL to Dallas

American Airlines is adding daily nonstop service from Asheville Regional Airport to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting May 3, the airline and AVL announced.

"Daily, year-round nonstop service to DFW has been on our airport's and community's wish list for many years," said Lew Bleiweis, executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. "DFW is an international hub that offers excellent connections to the western U.S., as well as Central and Latin American destinations. We were pleased when American offered weekend nonstop service to DFW last summer, and our region really embraced the service. The local travelers' commitment to use the service helped lead to the extension of DFW to this year-round, daily offering. Daily DFW is a significant route expansion, and is welcome news for our region. I encourage travelers to use it often."

The route will be offered on the Canadair CR-9, a 76-seat aircraft with dual class service. Flights depart daily from Asheville at 4:10 p.m. and fly from Dallas at 12:20 p.m. Central Time.

The Dallas connection is the third new local route announcement American had made this year. Daily nonstop to Philadelphia and weekend nonstop service to LaGuardia also start in May.