Dallas-Fort Worth Direct Flight Brings Record Breaking Numbers To Cherry Capital Airport

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Summer is over and the final numbers are in.

The new Cherry Capital Airport direct flight to Dallas was a success.

This summer, they added the direct Dallas-Fort Worth flight.

The airport says its passengers are helping them break records.

Airport director Kevin Klein says, “July ended up being one of our best July’s ever. August was the same thing so we saw major improvement.”

Record breaking numbers for Cherry Capital Airport compared to this time last year.

They attribute it to the new American Airlines direct flight to Dallas.

Most direct flights start at a 50-percent load factor, the Dallas flight beat that.

Klein says, “Load factors in June started out in about 62 percent, in July it went to about 72 percent and in August it grew to about 76 percent so it continued to build so that’s what we want to see in a new route the continuous building of that load factor.”

The proof is in its economic impact especially in the tourism industry.

Sean Capillo, an innkeeper at Black Star Farms’ Inn says, “That flight having all that success we definitely felt it. Our numbers this year from visitors and guests from Texas almost doubled so it excites us because we hope it motivates Cherry Capital to indeed have more direct flights.”

The flight isn’t just bringing tourists it’s an advantage for local businesses.

Executive director of the Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Max Anderson says, “It gives access. Local businesses are able to get to Texas which is a big hub for South America so businesses that do business in that part of the world now basically have direct access point to that area.”

While the direct flight is only offered June through August, Cherry Capital Airport says they plan to bring it back next year and expect it to perform even better.

Klein says, “We look forward to it continuing to next year and building upon that so when we have load factors in the 70s there’s still a lot of room left for improvement so we’re really focusing on that.”