New flight starts Aug. 22, expected to have a $15.4 million economic impact

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - American Airlines is set to launch a new flight from Toledo Express Airport beginning on August 22, 2017. The twice daily, nonstop flight between Toledo and Charlotte, NC will depart from northwest Ohio at 7:00am and 1:26pm. Arrivals to Toledo Express are scheduled for 1:01pm and 11:43pm.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority says the additional flights will provide an economic impact of $15.4 million dollars to the local economy. That information is according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University.

“This study demonstrates the huge economic impact air service has on the local economy,” said Paul Toth, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Community support of the new Charlotte route is imperative so American Airlines and other air carriers see the potential the Toledo and Northwest Ohio markets offer, and in turn, Toledo Express Airport will continue to be an ever increasing economic driver for the region.”

According to the Port Authority, the economic impact study looked at two types of direct impact. One is the impact on the airport, including administration, maintenance, operation; aviation-related tenants/businesses; and investment for capital improvements. The other is visitor spending, or off-airport impacts. The study looked at employment, payroll and economic output (money spent on airlines, ground handling services, food vendors, operations staff, etc.), as well as multiplier effects that include equipment and goods and services that are purchased in the local market as a result of these dollars.

The Port Authority says it anticipates the new flight will increase airport traffic by as much as 30%.