Flight from Santa Fe to Dallas looks competitive

Business Beat

Bob Quick | The New Mexican

4/13/2009 – 4/14/09
American Eagle officials won’t say just how flight bookings are going for the upcoming regional-jet service between Santa Fe and Dallas.

“It’s too early to tell (how many people have booked flights), since we just started selling (tickets) not too long ago,” said Andrea Huguely, spokeswoman for American Eagle, which will begin offering regional jet service between Santa Fe and Dallas on June 11.

“However, we are encouraged that the community will continue to book and support nonstop service to (Dallas/Fort Worth),” she said.

A recent look at American Airlines Web site indicates it could be a good deal to take American Eagle from Santa Fe rather than American Airlines from Albuquerque.

For example, booking a flight to Dallas from Santa Fe on June 15 with a return flight on June 20 costs $290.70 round trip, including taxes.

Using American Airlines from Albuquerque to Dallas and back for flights on the same days costs $253.70 round trip, including taxes — a difference of only $37.

Huguely said the savings on gas and time needed to drive to Albuquerque justify paying the higher prices for the Santa Fe jet service.