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    Tucson International Airport and Tucson Metro Chamber Announces American Airlines Tucson-New York Flights

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Tucson, Ariz – May 23, 2016 – After more than a year and a half of gathering support, the Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Tucson Metro Chamber are pleased to announce that American Airlines will start non-stop service to and from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport starting October 7.

    The new flights will give Southern Arizonans direct access to the Big Apple and new one-stop connections to international destinations and the northeast U.S.

    As Frank Sinatra would say, “Start spreading the news!”

    “This is exactly what many people have been working so hard to accomplish and we want to thank them,” said Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. “It is the most exciting air service news this region has had in many years. Let’s keep this momentum going and make sure the flight is a success. Now there’s nothing stopping you when you fly Tucson to New York.”

    Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO Michael Varney agreed. “This flight is critical to the growth of our business community and our vibrant tourism sector. Making Tucson easy for business and leisure travelers to access from New York City opens the door for more commerce in our region,” Varney said.

    The Chamber’s Air Service Task Force was led by CAID Industries CEO Bill Assenmacher. “We send immense gratitude to all of the companies and organizations that supported this effort. Reaching our goal to support this new route is the result of a lot of hard work and a lot of confidence that we could make it happen. More than 46 business and community leaders have been involved in the Task Force effort to secure this important new service,” said Assenmacher. “Now it’s in place in time for the start of our busy winter tourism season.”

    The schedule:

    Depart Tucson 7:57a.m. * Arrive New York JFK 4:00 p.m. Effective Oct. 7
    Depart New York JFK 5:00 p.m. Arrive Tucson 8:12 p.m. * Effective Oct. 6

    *Effective November 6, TUS departure will be 8:57 a.m. and TUS arrival will be 9:12 p.m.

    Connecting destinations beyond New York that will be served by the new flights include Barcelona; Birmingham, England; Boston; Doha, Qatar; Dublin; Edinburgh; London; Madrid; Manchester, England; Milan; Paris and Zurich.

    The daily flights between Tucson and New York will be aboard 160-passenger Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring 16 recliner seats in first class, 30 Main Cabin Extra seats with more legroom and 114 coach seats.

    American Airlines’ history with Tucson dates back to 1927 when one of its predecessors, Standard Airways, flew the first commercial airline flights into this region from Los Angeles. Today, American accounts for more than 36 percent of passenger enplanements at Tucson International Airport with an average of 21 flights a day to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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    About Tucson Airport Authority:
    The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) is an independent, non-profit organization operating Tucson International Airport (TUS) and general aviation reliever Ryan Airfield (RYN). TAA has sustained its operations since its origin in 1948 from airport generated revenues without the use of local taxes, and continues to invest millions of dollars each year in safety, security and facility infrastructure that drives job creation and economic activity for the benefit of Tucson and southern Arizona. The two airports currently support 35,000 jobs and house more than 100 tenants, and serve a diverse mix of both aviation and non-aviation related businesses, as well as military and government operations.

    Media Contacts:
    Jessie Butler, Public Relations Administrator, jbutler@flytucson.com, 520.573.4835
    Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority, 602-845-1231, SusanM@azcommerce.com

    News Coverage:
    May 23, 2016 - Arizona Daily Star: Nonstop flights between Tucson and New York coming in October
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