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Forum News Service, Published May 05 2014

American Airlines adds Bismarck service to Chicago, Dallas

BISMARCK – American Airlines is adding daily direct flights to Dallas and Chicago from the Bismarck Airport starting Oct. 1.

The airport and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce announced the service Monday.

Bismarck Mayor John Warford said the addition of service to Dallas will serve the state’s burgeoning energy industry, while the Chicago route will create an additional eastern connection for business and leisure travelers.

“We are positioning Bismarck-Mandan as the destination community in the Upper Midwest,” he said in a chamber news release.

The city received a $500,000 Small Community Air Service Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year to provide incentives for airlines to add service to Texas and Chicago. The grant required a private-sector match of $500,000.

The Bismarck Airport currently has service from Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and United airlines.