Belcher said American Airlines felt the direct flight to Dallas would be a more profitable venture.
"It was just a matter of them wanting to maximize," Belcher said. "If they're going to have one flight, they want to get the maximum revenue."
He said there are travel opportunities with Boy Scouts of America, which is headquartered in Texas. And many West Virginia University fans travel to Texas to watch the Mountaineers play opponents in the Big 12 Conference.
The Dallas airport is also American's domestic and international flight hub, which opens the Charleston route to many more national and international flight connections.
"We're very excited to have their Dallas hub," Belcher said.
Belcher said the New York to Charleston flight could be a good fit for some of the other airlines that already have a Charleston presence.
He said United Airlines operates a hub at the Newark, N.J. airport, while Delta Airlines has existing service at both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports in New York.
"It's a good opportunity," Belcher said. "We think someone will do it, it's just a matter of whoever has the right aircraft available and if they feel good about making a profit in the market."
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