LANSING — American Airlines Inc. will soon begin offering direct flights from Lansing to Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Transportation authorized on March 29 the direct flights from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport to Washington, D.C. and back. The approval was hailed as “a historic day” by Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The new service to the nation’s capital “will help create and retain jobs in Michigan, grow our regional economy and ensure Lansing’s airport remains a cornerstone of our region’s business development strategies,” according to Daman.
“We have long recognized the importance that strong air service means for our region’s ability to attract and retain business investment and jobs,” he said. “Today’s announcement is a message to the world that Lansing is open for business.”
The Lansing Regional Chamber actively supported American Airlines’ proposal to initiate the direct flights.
Washington, D.C. is the top destination for business travelers flying out of Lansing, Daman said. He also referred to the three daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as “the hidden jewel in this package.”
“Now, our region will have more service to one of the world’s most important hubs, and the rare opportunity to bring another legacy carrier, American Airlines, into our market,” Daman said.
The flights can begin within 90 days of the Department of Transportation’s approval.