Proposed Flights Would Be First Between Texas and Hong Kong, Shanghai

Next stop for Texas: Asia, according to American Airlines, which last week announced its plans to launch its first-ever nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).

Pending regulatory approval, daily flights between DFW and both destinations will commence in summer 2014. Notably, they will be the first-ever flights connecting Texas to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

“We've been working hard on building our international relationships, and our work continues to pay off for North Texas,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement. “Today's news is great for the Metroplex and a landmark development for the state of Texas, whose residents will have direct access to Hong Kong and Shanghai for the first time in our history. The Asian market is ripe for Texas business and tourists alike.”

Added Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, “DFW Airport, Mayor Price and I have been advocating for more direct access to the Asian market because it's critical for businesses here and across the state. These new routes will represent more than $360 million in annual economic impact for our region and launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement.”

The new service is especially good news for the local meetings industry, according to Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Phillip Jones. “It reinforces the importance of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the world’s fourth busiest airport, as the major international gateway to the U.S.,” he said. “The timing for this announcement coincides with [the] arrival of a large and prominent group of MICE representatives from China hosted by the Dallas CVB. This group will see first-hand what is happening in Dallas and be fully briefed on the new, proposed service to ensure that DFW will be top-of-mind for all meetings, business and leisure travel planned by Asia-Pacific businesses, a prominent growth market for us.”

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