American to connect Charlotte to Oklahoma

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American Airlines Group will begin daily flights between its Charlotte Douglas International airport hub and both Oklahoma City and Tulsa in July.

US Airways Express will offer twice-daily service on both routes with Oklahoma City served with 79-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines and Tulsa served with 67-seat Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft operated by PSA Airlines.

US Airways Express is the regional brand of Fort Worth, Texas-based American’s US Airways subsidiary.

American and US Airways merged in December 2013.

US Airways previously expressed interest in flying between Charlotte and Oklahoma City in December 2012. The carrier told the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that it would begin service on the route if granted a slot pair for a new flight between Ronald Reagan Washington National airport and Oklahoma City. It did not receive the slots and never began the Charlotte service.

The airline discontinued service from its hub at Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport and from Las Vegas McCarran International to Oklahoma City due to rising fuel prices and declining demand in September 2008.

American flies to Oklahoma City from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, and to Tulsa from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami, Innovata FlightMaps Analytics shows.

No other carriers fly between Charlotte and either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, according to Innovata schedules.