Jet Service Takes Off At New Haven's Tweed Airport

Regional jet service linking New Haven with Philadelphia, and U.S. and international cities beyond, begins next week, the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport Authority announced Wednesday.

American Eagle will start replacing its 37-seat, turboprop service with 50-seat, regional jet aircraft beginning Wednesday.

The jet upgrade will offer New Haven passengers “smoother and quieter” travel while also offering an additional 78 seats a day to and from American’s hub in Philadelphia.

Four flights a day are scheduled on weekdays and two a day on Saturdays and Sundays, said Tim Larson, executive director of the airport. A flight between New Haven and Philadelphia is about 45 minutes.

“We are thrilled that American will be introducing jet service at Tweed New Haven,” he said.

The improved service demonstrates American’s commitment to the growing market, he said. Tweed serves an area extending from Middletown south to the shoreline, east to Groton and west to Fairfield, Larson said.

The Philadelphia connection will link New Haven to more than 21 countries and 115 destinations. Connections can be made from Philadelphia, using American’s other hubs, to gain access to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

American Airlines recently announced new summer seasonal service from Philadelphia to Prague, Czech Republic; and Budapest, Hungary; and resumed service to Zurich, Switzerland.

New Haven passengers also can travel to four new domestic markets using the Philadelphia hub: Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Omaha, Neb.; and San Antonio, Texas.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said the jet service makes Tweed a “stronger asset and a more convenient option.”

“This is a significant economic win for the region, which can only benefit from the increase in people coming and going,” she said.

Jet service was available at Tweed until 2001, Larson said. But after the 9/11 attacks, the federal government limited flights to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., and eliminated routes used by smaller planes, he said.

Tweed New Haven Regional Airport is 15 minutes from downtown New Haven.

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