Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a news release that the direct service from Charleston to Dallas/Fort Worth International is a wonderful opportunity for both states.
"In addition to providing quick and easy travel for business trips, direct service will offer travelers an opportunity to experience the things that make each of our states great," Tomblin said.
The new service to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport provides passengers with another option when traveling to the West Coast and gives travelers in Texas better access to the Mountain State, Belcher said.
"They can get on a nonstop flight to get here easier and take advantage of our white water rafting and skiing. We hope our tourism industry will see the benefit," Belcher said. "For West Virginia University sports, it allows fans to get into the Dallas area since almost all of the teams the Mountaineers play you can connect at that hub in Dallas."
On March 2, Delta Air Lines' mainline service started flying its first-class 120-passenger DC-9 planes between Charleston and Atlanta. Delta is the only airline at Yeager that offers first-class seating to passengers.
Belcher said those flights are filling up and the first-class option has so far been a success.
"It's going very well. I was talking to their manager an hour ago and he says that the whole flight is sold out the next two days and the first-class is selling really well," Belcher said. "Hopefully that will make it successful and encourage them to bring even bigger planes here."
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