American Airlines will start offering nonstop daily flights between Tucson International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport in October, the airline announced Monday at a ceremony at TIA.
The first New York flight will leave JFK at 5 p.m. Eastern time starting Thursday, Oct. 6. The inaugural Tucson-JFK flight will depart at 7:57 a.m. local time starting Oct. 7 and arrive in New York at 4 p.m.
The Tucson Metro Chamber and business and community leaders attracted the flight through the chamber's air-service task force.
Bill Assenmacher, chairman of the Tucson chamber's air-service task force, said the community put together roughly $3 million in revenue guarantees to land the new flight. American can tap into the funding if the flight fails to meet financial projections, Assenmacher said.
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