Dallas Flight

The inaugural American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth lands at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City on May 5, 2016. American will offer a second daily flight from Sioux City to Dallas/Fort Worth around the Thanksgiving holiday and around Christmas/New Year's. If the traffic is sufficient, the airline would consider making the extra route permanent.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY — American Airlines is expanding its efforts to help Siouxlanders get where they need to be during the holiday season.

The airline, the only carrier at Sioux Gateway Airport, will add a second daily flight from Sioux City to its hub at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from Dec. 23 to Jan. 5.

The Fort Worth-based airline previously announced a second daily flight from Nov. 20-28.

The latest additional booking will help to accommodate Christmas and New Year's travel while the November flight is expected to ease Thanksgiving-related travel congestion. 

In a release, Darrell Jesse, president of the Sioux Gateway Airport Board of Trustees, commended the additional effort by American.

“We are pleased that American has decided to add another daily flight during the holiday season in December," Jesse said. "This is obviously a busy season for travelers and we are happy to be able to offer travelers another option out of Sioux Gateway Airport.”

In a previous interview with the Journal, Jesse noted if enough locals support the holiday flights American would consider making the second flight out of SUX a permanent addition.

“This isn’t complicated: If we, as Siouxland residents, use it, we’ll keep these flights. If we don’t, we won’t keep them,” he said at the time. “It’s like a lot of things you use it or you lose it.”

American, which started flying between Sioux City and Dallas in May 2016, also offers two daily flights between Sioux Gateway and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

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