Cherry Capital Airport adds new direct flight for summer

TRAVERSE CITY (WPBN/WGTU) -- As northern Michigan continues to grow as a popular tourist destination, local agencies have teamed up with American Airlines to offer a direct flight from Dallas to Traverse City.

The new route will be from June 2 to August 21.

Director of Cherry Capital Kevin Klein says, the airport, Traverse City Tourism, the Chamber of Commerce and Gaylord Golf Mecca have worked hard to make this a reality.

"We are very excited for this opportunity and it's a great demonstration of community partnership at work," said Klein.

"It's always exciting when we get more direct flights to Traverse City, it increases volume, and gives more people the opportunity to come and visit this beautiful place," said Trevor Tkach, the President and CEO of Traverse City Tourism. "So were extremely excited and can't wait to welcome those visitors from Texas. "

It costs more than a million dollars to add this service, but the United States Department of Transportation provided a $750,000 grant.

The rest of the money was raised by local community partners.

"Slowly adding the seasonal flights, adding months, larger planes, that's all a very good thing for northern Michigan businesses," said Kent Wood, the Director of Government Relations for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Besides all of the festivals and other events during the summertime, one of the main reasons for adding the route is because recent statistics revealed a growing market for Texas tourists.

"If we can demonstrate we can use it, utilize the service, and continue to build, not only will it be in the summertime but then will expand into the shoulder seasons and then maybe it could be a year-round product," said Klein. "But we have to demonstrate that we use the service and this is our chance."

Dallas will be one of eight direct flight Cherry Capital offers during the summer.

There will be daily flights departing from Dallas Ft. Worth at 10:50 a.m. arriving in Cherry Capital at 2:40 p.m. and departing from Cherry Capital at 3:35 p.m. arriving in Dallas Ft. worth at 5:30 p.m.

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