Airline increases capacity on Charlotte flights


Due to strong demand, American Airlines will soon increase capacity by 26 percent out of Toledo Express Airport by adding larger aircraft that will offer first class seats when flying to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The new aircraft, Bombardier CRJ-700s, are equipped with 63 seats, which include nine first class seats, eight main cabin extra seats and 46 main cabin seats.

The first CRJ-700 flight to Charlotte is scheduled to depart Toledo on Sept. 5. The addition of CRJ-700s to Toledo Express Airport marks the first time an airline has made first class seating available since July 2001.

“Due to the success of the new Charlotte route and the overwhelming response from the Toledo Region, American Airlines has answered the community’s call for additional capacity in the market,” said Paul Toth, president and chief executive officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “The addition of larger aircraft in the market builds on the significant investment American Airlines made in Toledo when it launched Charlotte service in August 2017.”

Last month, 19,931 passengers flew through the airport, which is a 42 percent increase over the same month last year. American Airlines showed a 98.6 percent increase for the month of May when compared to May 2017, largely due to the addition of the new twice daily route to Charlotte.