NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — American Airlines will soon return to providing daily commercial air service at Tweed-New Haven Airport.
The airport made the announcement Tuesday.
American Airlines had to temporarily cease service in New Haven due to the coronavirus pandemic. Flight service in New Haven will start on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
The airline will offer daily service between New Haven and Philadelphia starting Jan. 5, 2021; customers can book flights for that destination starting Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.
“We are excited to welcome American Airlines back to New Haven. 2020 has been a challenging year for aviation but we are confident that good things are ahead for both Tweed and air travel in 2021 and we look forward to working with our partners at American to meet the needs of our passengers as they begin to travel once again,” said Tweed-New Haven Executive Director Sean Scanlon.
Tweed officials credit the latest COVID-19 relief package out of Washington D.C. with the return of American to their airport.
The $15 billion out of the latest stimulus bill passed in D.C. means Tweed secured three months worth of commercial service by American.
This a sign of relief for the nearly two dozen workers at Tweed furloughed back in October.
The terms of the stimulus package require airlines who receive funding to maintain a minimum level of service in the communities they service before the pandemic started.
Scanlon says this announcement is an early Christmas gift for so many at Tweed: “…Today’s news and the fact that America is coming back is what I hope to be a very bright indicator of what the future is going to look like both here at Tweed and also across the region with travel picking up a little bit as the vaccine is getting ramped [up].”
Coming up on News 8 at 10, we will hear from two airline workers who say this announcement could not have come at a better time.