Nonstop flights between Tucson and New York coming in October

Nonstop flights between Tucson and New York coming in October

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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