March 6, 2013
Yeager to offer nonstop flights to Dallas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- American Airlines will offer nonstop jet service between Charleston's Yeager Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, starting June 12, the airline announced Wednesday.

Brian Belcher, Yeager's director of marketing, said the new flights will give the Boy Scouts of America -- which is headquartered in Irving, near the Texas airport -- better access to West Virginia.

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserves in Fayette County will host the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in July. The 10-day summer event is expected to bring more than 40,000 Scouts and another 200,000 tourists to the area.

The nonstop flight from Charleston to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is about two hours and fifteen minutes long, Belcher said.

"We are very excited and we spoke to [Boy Scouts officials] and they're very excited about it," Belcher said. "They've been using Yeager, but now they don't have to connect anywhere. That's a big plus for them and for us."

American Airlines will offer a daily flight from Dallas to Charleston that will leave at 1:05 p.m. and arrives in Charleston at 4:30 p.m. The return flight will leave Yeager Airport at 5 p.m. and arrive in Dallas at 6:30 p.m. Passengers will travel on a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft.

The flights will be provided by American Eagle, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

Belcher said the Dallas airport is a "great" international connecting hub that gives fliers more options.

"For an airport and city our size, we have a higher than normal amount of international passengers with the Toyota plant and other Japanese-owned businesses and European businesses here," Belcher said.

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