Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon have nonstop flights to two new Midwest destinations: Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.
The flights will be operated twice daily by US Airways Express on regional jets starting July 2. US Airways merged with American Airlines in December, but continues to fly separately under its own brand until the carriers get government certification to completely merge their operations.
PSA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways, will operate the flight to Tulsa on a CRJ-700 jet. Such planes seat 67 passengers, including nine in first class and 58 in coach.
Mesa, a third-party airline US Airways contracts with, will operate the Oklahoma City flight. That will be on a CRJ-900, which seats up to 70 passengers with nine in first class.
The move to add flights to the Midwest fits with American executives’ statements in January that they are working to add “new dots on the map” from Charlotte, mid-size destinations not served by US Airways. After the two new flights are added, American and US Airways will fly nonstop to 147 destinations from Charlotte.
“The new service will link the citizens of Oklahoma to our vibrant community for both business and leisure, and continue to boost economic growth in our region,” Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon said in a statement.
The move is the first service American has added to Charlotte, the company’s second-busiest hub, since the merger was announced. In early February, the company announced it will discontinue its Charlotte-Rio de Janeiro flights in 2015.
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