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Airline planning Williamsport-to-Charlotte flights

New airline service is coming to the Williamsport Regional Airport.

Starting Aug. 18, American Airlines has pledged to begin service to Charlotte, North Carolina, an elated Richard C. Howell, airport executive director, announced to the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce board of directors on Wednesday.

“This is really exciting,” pronounced new chamber board chairman, Larry Allison Jr.

Charlotte offers about 90 connections to domestic destinations, though AA gates are in short supply, he added.

Currently, Philadelphia is the only destination to and from the local airport and American Airlines now just offers one daily flight, though Howell said that will rise to two come May.

Not only will the destination of flights to and from here change, so will the service.

American will put its new, 65-seat Bombardier CRJ700 into action, Howell said. It includes nine business-class seats.

For more on this plan, read the Thursday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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