Air Service Enhancements Arrive at MHT

There are now even more reasons to choose Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for your next business trip or family vacation! 

US Airways/American Airlines will add a second daily nonstop flight to Charlotte beginning September 3, 2014.  The new flight will depart MHT at 2:40 pm and arrive in Charlotte at 4:50 pm; a great time to meet connecting flights through US Airways largest hub.  US/AA will operate the new CRJ-900 nextgen aircraft on this route.  This airplane includes 12 first class and 64 coach seats – a great addition to the fleet mix and one that will be well suited for both the leisure and business traveler.          

Additionally, Delta Airlines has upgraded the MD-88 serving Atlanta (142 seats) to an Airbus 320 (160 seats) and added a second nonstop which will operate through the fall schedule.  Delta has also upgraded two of the four Detroit flights to larger aircraft with a first class cabin.  Detroit is now served by a CRJ -700 (9 first class seats, 8 economy comfort and 48 economy), a CRJ-900 (12 first class seats, 12 economy comfort and 52 economy), and two fifty-seat ERJ 145’s.  We anticipate that the remaining flights will be upgraded later this year.   

Southwest Airlines recently announced a number of new nonstop international destinations out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).  These new flights will provide convenient one-stop international service for New Hampshire and the region.  The first available travel date is September 16, 2014 for: Aruba, Montego Bay Jamaica, Nassau Bahamas, Cancun Mexico and Cabo San Lucas Mexico.  Beginning November 2, 2014, Southwest will also offer connecting service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Mexico City, Mexico.    

United Airlines has increased nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare (now three daily departures) to better accommodate travelers heading to the mid-west and beyond.

Airport Director Mark P. Brewer, A.A.E. commented, “We are very excited to see the airlines increasing their investment in New Hampshire, and we are hopeful that air travelers from across the region will support this new service.  These additional flights and aircraft upgrades are a strong vote of confidence during a time when airlines are focused on “capacity restraint.”  

The bottom line is – if these new flights are profitable, the airlines will keep them here in New Hampshire; if not, they will shift their aircraft to serve other routes within their system.  So, the next time your plans call for air travel, please check MHT first and support your local airport so we can continue to expand our air travel options.”         

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