American Eagle looking at Del Rio service

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American Eagle Airlines is considering flying to Del Rio, Texas, as the city seeks a grant to establish service to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The AMR subsidiary and feeder for American Airlines has been approached by the cities of Del Rio and neighbouring Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, regarding establishing air service and it is now evaluating such a route, says Dale Morris, regional vice-president of government affairs at American Eagle, in a letter to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 10 July.

"Although we are in the preliminary stages of analysing the Del Rio market area and have made no commitment at this time to provide service, there are clear indicators that this region may be better served by focusing on a Dallas-Fort Worth connection," says Morris.

Del Rio International airport has applied to the DOT for a small community air service development grant, which would be used to help establish service to Dallas-Fort Worth International airport.

American and American Eagle are based in Fort Worth and operate their largest hub at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

The DOT has $11.5 million available for fiscal year 2013 air service development grants, according to its request for applications in June. Previous awards have ranged from $20,000 to $1.6 million in a fiscal year.

Morris cites the proximity of Laughlin AFB to Del Rio as an incentive to serve the airport in his letter. American Eagle has recently launched service to a number of cities with nearby US military bases, including Manhattan, Kansas, and Watertown, New York.

United Airlines ended service to Del Rio from Houston Intercontinental in April.