American Eagle Airlines to begin service between Bloomington and Dallas


FORT WORTH, TX (August 12, 2008) – American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will add one daily nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (BMI), beginning November 2. American Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

“We are pleased to begin this new service to the heartland of Illinois,” said Peter Bowler, president and CEO of American Eagle. “Along with the three daily flights that Eagle currently offers to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Eagle now offers more service to Central Illinois than any other airline – enabling our customers to connect through our two largest hubs to anywhere in the world that American, American Eagle and our oneworld(R) partners fly.”

“Reliable air service is critical to Central Illinois,” said US Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) “At a time when airlines are cutting back on flights and reducing service, this new route will open a wide range of possibilities to travelers, residents and businesses in the region. This is good news for Illinois.”

“At a time of extreme difficulty in the airline industry, we are pleased with the confidence American Eagle is showing in the market served by CIRA. We have worked for many years, along with our public and corporate partners, to add service to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and are happy that with today’s announcement that service has arrived,” said Paul Harmon, chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. “I would particularly like to thank Senator Durbin for his assistance in achieving this long-sought goal.”

“Daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth is a great addition to the American Eagle service at Central Illinois Regional Airport,” said Kevin Callis, vice president of Operations for Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance. “Business and leisure travelers, domestic and international, will benefit from direct service to Dallas and enjoy an important gateway to the West.”

Here is the schedule for flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (all times local):

Dallas/Fort Worth to Central Illinois Regional Airport (DFW-BMI)
Flight Departs Arrives Days
3481 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Daily

Central Illinois Regional Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth (BMI-DFW)
Flight Departs Arrives Days
3482 3:25 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Daily