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Ford airport adds two daily destinations

May 5, 2014
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A major airline is adding daily non-stop flights to two destinations in the U.S. via Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Daily flights

Ford airport said this morning that American Airlines is launching service to Philadelphia and Charlotte via GRR.

Beginning on Sept. 3, the airline will offer two non-stop flights daily to each destination.

The flights will be operated by US Airways Express with CRJ-200s, which are 50-seat regional jets. American Airlines merged with US Airways in February 2013.

Flights from Grand Rapids to Charlotte will depart GRR at 6:45 a.m. and 11:55 a.m.

Flights from Grand Rapids to Philadelphia will depart GRR at 7:00 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.

The airport will offer daily nonstop flights to and from 25 markets after the two destinations are added.

Expanded service

“This is very good news for us,” said Brian Ryks, executive director, Ford airport. “Adding these two hubs will allow American to compete on a national and international scale with Delta and United."

Up until this point, American Airlines has been the smallest network carrier in the market, with service traveling to hubs in Chicago and Fort Worth, Texas.

“As we work to fully integrate our two networks, we remain committed to expanding our domestic service to better serve our customers in small-and medium-sized markets,” said Chuck Schubert, vice president of network and schedule planning, American Airlines.

East Coast hubs

Ryks said the expanded service will connect travelers to two large connecting hubs in major cities.

Charlotte flies to more than 140 daily destinations, and Philadelphia offers more than 450 daily departures, connecting to more than 120 destinations, Ryks said.

International

The flights also provide eastbound access that the airline wasn’t previously offering and routes to international service.

Philadelphia connects to 16 international markets, and Charlotte connects to five international markets.

American

American Airlines operates a global network covering more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries.

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