Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined representatives of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Airport Authority, American Airlines and others at a press conference this morning to announce that, starting October 7, 2016, Tucson will have a daily nonstop flight to New York City’s JFK International Airport on American Airlines, connecting Tucson to the Northeastern United States and Europe.
The announcement follows other good news this month, with Caterpillar bringing a regional headquarters to Tucson, the Arizona Coyotes bringing their AHL franchise here, and Comcast opening its new call center in Tucson. Mayor Rothschild noted that, between all three, the impact is well over 1,700 jobs coming to Tucson.
According to Mayor Rothschild, the fact that the flight is a daytime flight, and not a red-eye, is unusual for the industry and “signals confidence in the Tucson market.”
Brent DeRaad, President & CEO of Visit Tucson, explained that having daytime nonstop flights to New York City will dramatically improve Tucson’s desirability as a meeting location, as conference attendees coming from the Northeast will be able to fly in and out easily and conveniently, without having to change planes.