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QC International Airport Adds New Daily Route

Quad Cities International Airport

Right before Christmas, Quad Cities residents will be able to fly non-stop to Charlotte, North Carolina everyday.

The airport announced on Thursday that American Airlines will provide the flights to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport twice a day. It's one of the busiest airports in the country.

Executive Director of the Quad Cities International Airport, Benjamin Leischner, says despite labor shortages, community support helped convince American to get on board.

"Virtually every U.S. airport asks airlines for more air service, but communities that can come together and rally behind their airport and show support for more air service capture the airlines' attention."

John Deere's brand manager joined Leischner for the announcement. And Dave Herrell, president and CEO of Visit Quad Cities, said every successful community must have a busy airport.

"The author and creator of Peter Pan once said, the moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it," he said. "So have no doubt, the Quad Cities belives that we can fly."

The new route will provide easier connections to the east coast and popular travel destinations such as Mexico and Florida. Airport officials began planning for the new route in 2019.

Bookings will open July 15.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.