Feb. 05--American Airlines announced Friday it will launch twice a day, nonstop jet service from Stillwater Regional Airport Dallas/Fort Worth beginning Aug. 23.
"This is a game changing day for Stillwater," said Mayor Gina Noble. "This is going to make travel much better for all of us. It's quality of life and it provides economic development for Stillwater and North Central Oklahoma."
Tickets for flights to and from Stillwater Regional Airport (airport code SWO) go on sale beginning Sunday through the American Airlines booking site, aa.com.
"It will easily allow you to connect Stillwater to the world and the world to Stillwater," American Airlines Managing Director, Network and Fleet Strategy Patrick Quayle said.
Last March, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis told the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce the university was pledging $2 million to help bring commercial air service to Stillwater.
"We're putting our money where our mouth is," he said.
On Friday Hargis said, "This really puts us in a whole new league."
Former Stillwater Mayor John Bartley and Stillwater Regional Airport Authority chairman Marc Tower both credited airport director Gary Johnson with keeping the effort to land commercial air service moving forward even when it was discouraging.
"It's not just the work (he put in) but the positive attitude," Bartley said.
Updates will follow as more information becomes available.
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