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American Airlines will begin nonstop flights from Chattanooga Airport to Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday.

The first nonstop from the Scenic City to Philadelphia launches at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, offering fliers the opportunity to do business and explore one of the nation’s most historic cities, officials said.

“When our airlines like American add new routes, they’re helping us increase options for our passengers and ultimately contribute to the economic growth of our region,” said Chattanooga Airport Chief Executive Terry Hart in a statement.

Flights will leave Chattanooga daily at 6:50 a.m., arriving in Philadelphia at 9:03 a.m.

Service will depart from Philadelphia at 6:35 p.m. and arrive in Chattanooga at 8:49 p.m.

Chattanooga Airport in 2018 set new records for passenger boardings and total traffic as it benefited from the city’s growing economy and more flights, officials said.

Boardings hit 504,298 last year, the first time ever over a half million, up 4.08 percent from 2017, figures show. Last year was the fifth consecutive annual record for boardings at the airport.

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