American Eagle Airlines plans to add nonstop service between Fayetteville and Dallas/For Worth International Airport, increasing competition for travelers in the Sandhills region.
The affiliate of American Airlines, which already offers nonstop service between its hub in Dallas/Fort Worth and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, will begin the new service in June.
American Eagle will offer two daily nonstops on 44-seat Embraer jets each way between Dallas/Fort Worth and Fayetteville Municipal Airport.
“Not only will we provide visitors from across the country with convenient access to the area's historic sites, universities and award-winning golf courses - but these new flights will also link military personnel from the U.S. Army post at Fort Bragg and nearby Pope Air Force Base with destinations throughout American's global network,” said Gary Foss, an American vice president, in a prepared statement.
RDU officials say there is plenty of demand for travel to the Dallas area from travelers in the Research Triangle region.
"We do not expect it to impact service or competition here," RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin wrote in an e-mail. "We don't expect passengers to drive to [Fayetteville] from here since American offers daily service from RDU on its mainline aircraft."