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Service to Charlotte from Springfield Begins This Week

Scott Harvey

Travelers using the Springfield-Branson National Airport will have a new option beginning this week.

Non?stop flights between Springfield and Charlotte, North Carolina will start being offered. The inaugural flight is set for Thursday afternoon on American Airlines.

According to airport officials, American’s Charlotte service will make it easier to connect to the Northeast United States. Right now, they say, Springfield Airport (SGF) customers generally fly through Chicago or Atlanta to reach Northeast destinations.  Charlotte offers another option.  Some of the cities that will be available to Springfield through American’s Charlotte hub are New York City, Philadelphia, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Airport officials predict the addition of Charlotte service will likely mean SGF will see a record number of passengers this year, with a projected total of 914,000. The previous record year was 2005, with 888,738 total passengers.