Daily flights between Spokane and Dallas start July 5 on American Airlines out of Spokane International Airport, according to the Spokesman-Review.

The new route will give Spokane travelers better access to the eastern U.S. as well as international destinations and will be the first time Spokane has had any direct service to Texas. The flights will be aboard an Airbus A-319, a single-aisle jet that holds 124 passengers in coach and first class.

Stable fuel prices and an improving economy are a couple reasons Spokane is seeing increases in air service, according to airport officials.

Last month, United Airlines announced new service to Chicago and San Francisco, starting June 8. United had operated flights to those cities over the years but discontinued them.

Last year, the Spokane airport handled 3.2 million passengers aboard Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest and United airlines.

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