American Airlines has announced it is starting daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Madrid, Spain, starting 1 May 2009. American will fly the route with its 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
“Connecting Dallas/Fort Worth to Madrid is more than simply providing new destinations and greater opportunities for our customers. It’s just as much about connecting cultures and opening up economic opportunities that did not previously exist,” said Gerard Arpey, American’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are making this investment with the belief that our Joint Business Agreement and antitrust immunity application with British Airways and Iberia will ultimately be approved. Once approved, we earnestly hope and believe that it will be the first of many other opportunities to enhance and expand connections between the United States and Europe allowing our customers greater access to the world and benefitting the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community.”
Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American and American Eagle from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub.
American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, currently serves Spain with two daily nonstop flights - to Madrid from Miami International Airport and to Barcelona from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
“Spain is expanding its investment and business opportunities in the United States with an eye on Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth region, so this is terrific news for our citizens and our economy, ” said Tom Leppert, Mayor of Dallas. “This announcement clearly demonstrates the strength of our business marketplace as well as the power of DFW International Airport to boost tourism and trade for all of us.”