United Airlines is canceling its direct flight from Chattanooga to Newark and adding one to Washington Dulles International Airport, officials announced Monday.
“While we are disappointed with the cancellation of the Newark service, we are very appreciative of United’s ongoing commitment to our region and our passengers who support our significant growth by flying in and out of Chattanooga,” Chattanooga Airport President Terry Hart said in a prepared statement.
United Airlines will begin nonstop, daily service between Chattanooga and Washington Dulles International Airport on Oct. 4.
The new flight aims to offer business and international travelers convenience when flying out of Chattanooga, officials said.
“United’s new direct flight to Washington Dulles with over a 120 destinations worldwide, is another tremendous opportunity for Chattanooga companies, that are doing business in the Washington, D.C. area or on a global scale,” Hart also said.
When the new Dulles flight begins, the Newark flight will stop.
The Washington Dulles flight is the second nonstop route to the D.C.-area from the Chattanooga Airport, which provides travelers with direct flights to nine cities and connections to countless international destinations, according to a news release.
The new direct flight between Chattanooga and Washington Dulles begins will have two daily departures from both destinations.
The United flights to Washington Dulles depart at 2:42 p.m. and 7:35 p.m., and the flights to Chattanooga depart at 8:15 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. daily.
“Having strong partners like United and its added service also allows even more companies to do business or relocate to this region and further demonstrates the economic impact of our airport,” Chairman of the airport authority Dan Jacobson said in a prepared statement.
In March, officials announced that—starting July 9—Delta Air Lines will offer nonstop services from Chattanooga to New York-LaGuardia Airport.
At that time, officials also said that the United flight was seeing month-over-month increases and load factors of more than 70 percent.
Airlines, not local airport officials, make decisions about when and where to fly based on demand.