CIRA UPDATE 9

Passengers arrived at Central Illinois Regional Airport, Friday, February 18, 2011. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

David Proeber

BLOOMINGTON — American Airlines is expanding its nonstop service to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by adding a third daily flight from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.

The new flight will begin March 3, said David Colee, chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. He said in a statement that the Dallas-Fort Worth area "has emerged as a very important business destination for our region and the addition of this third flight will provide more options for our business and leisure travelers."   

Flight 3506 will depart each day from Dallas at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Bloomington at 12:09 p.m. The flight will leave Bloomington at 1:05 p.m. and arrive in Dallas at 3:24 p.m.

CIRA began flights to Dallas-Fort Worth in November 2008, offering one daily nonstop flight. A second daily flight to Dallas was added in October 2013.

CIRA’s current schedule includes Flight 3235 which leaves Bloomington at 7:20 a.m. and arrives in Dallas at 9:47 a.m. Flight 3285 leaves Dallas at 1:09 p.m. and arrives in Bloomington at 3:01 p.m.

Flight 3285 leaves Bloomington at 3:31 p.m. and arrives in Dallas at 5:50 p.m. Flight 3435/3098, leaves Dallas at 6:15 p.m. and arrives in Bloomington at 8:12 p.m.

A sample fare during March obtained online by The Pantagraph showed a price of $329 for a round-trip, economy ticket.

The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the largest hub for American Airlines and is the ninth-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International.

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