CHEYENNE – American Airlines will offer once-daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Cheyenne Regional Airport through SkyWest Airlines beginning Nov. 4, according to an airline representative.

The business route will seat 40-50 passengers on a Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet.

According to American Airlines, the flights will be:

  • One flight with a 9:10 a.m. departure from Dallas/Fort Worth and 10:10 a.m. arrival in Cheyenne.

  • One flight providing a 10:35 a.m. departure from Cheyenne, with a 1:35 p.m. arrival at Dallas/Fort Worth.

Cheyenne has been without commercial air service since late March, when Great Lakes Airlines suspended all turboprop flights. At that point, the company offered just one flight a week, however.

Proponents of commercial air service in the state have long said the route to Dallas/Fort Worth would serve Cheyenne’s military, oil and gas and wind-energy communities well.

A flight to Dallas/Fort Worth will also provide travelers with access to hub connectivity.

In 2011, due to a downturn in the airline industry, American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corporation, filed for bankruptcy. US Airways soon purchased American Airlines and kept the American Airlines name. American Eagle, a regional marketing brand of American Airlines, then ended its flights from Cheyenne to Dallas in the spring of 2012 following bankruptcy.

“American Airlines looks forward to beginning this new service,” American Airlines corporate communications specialist Nichelle Tait told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle this morning by email.

The flights will likely begin as the airport’s new 26,000-square-foot terminal nears completion this fall.

For more on this developing story, come back here to or read Tuesday's Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition.

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