CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Yeager Airport officials are working with multiple air carriers to replace American Airlines' daily non-stop flight to New York City, which is scheduled to end in June.
American Airlines announced in March it would begin daily jet service between Charleston and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas beginning June 12. That flight will replace American's current daily flight to New York City.
While flyers can still travel to the Big Apple using connecting flights, the move will mark the end of the airport's only direct flight there.
Airport marketing director Brian Belcher said airport officials are in talks with other airlines to set up a new non-stop flight for the area.
"That's one of our top priorities -- to find another airline to fly to New York," Belcher said.
Belcher said travel data showed 53 percent of passengers on the direct flights were New Yorkers visiting West Virginia.
The non-stop flight carried about 40 percent of travelers going between Charleston and New York. About 60 percent of passengers used indirect flights to travel between the two cities.
Belcher said the American route - which left at 6:15 a.m. and arrived at New York's LaGuardia Airport at 8:15 a.m. - was a great option for Charleston residents.
However, the New York to Charleston schedule was less accommodating. Flights from New York didn't arrive in Charleston until 8:15 p.m.