Bishop Airport will offer nonstop service this fall to the Dallas area, a key step in making it easier for passengers to travel to Mexico and the West Coast.
"It seems like a natural and terrific way for our passengers to increase their options," said Michael P. Manley, Bishop Airport Authority board chairman.
The seven-day service, on 70-passenger jets, will begin Sept. 5 through American Airlines.
The once-a-day flight will leave Bishop at 7 a.m., arriving in Dallas at 8:55 a.m. A return flight will leave Dallas at 5:45 p.m. and arrive in Flint at 9:20 p.m.
"There are no nonstop services right now heading in that direction," said John Schmidt of Superior Travel in Fenton. "It's great news for people traveling out of Bishop - it's going to open up travelers to a lot of markets."
Schmidt said that to avoid layovers, many westbound travelers currently fly out of Detroit or Chicago.
"It's going to offer improved service for those who don't want multiple stops before they reach their final destination," said Schmidt. "I expect the service to do very well."
Earlier this year, AirTran Airways announced that it will offer nonstop flights from Flint to Las Vegas beginning Aug. 15. American Airlines also announced earlier this month that it has added a fourth nonstop daily flight to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
"I see this as a great opportunity for expanding the services of Bishop Airport," said Genesee County Board Chairman Archie Bailey in a prepared statement.
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