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story.lead_photo.caption Crews work around two American Airlines jets in St. Louis, in this December 2013 file photo. - Photo by AP/Houston Chronicle, Bill Montgomery, File

American Airlines has started offering daily direct flights between Little Rock and New York City, the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said Wednesday.

The nonstop three-and-a-half hour flight to LaGuardia leaves at 6:30 a.m. most days. A return flight arrives back in Little Rock about 9:30 p.m.

Clinton National Airport Executive Director Ronald F. Mathieu noted the new flights allow Arkansas travelers "to be connected with the financial capital for business or fun."

“We certainly appreciate the confidence that American has in Little Rock to invest an additional resource, and hope the community will find the new service beneficial and will support it,” he said in a statement.

Round-trip tickets, which can be booked at were being sold online Wednesday afternoon for flights this week for a base rate of about $550.

The direct flights began Wednesday.

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  • RBBrittain
    April 3, 2014 at 4:17 p.m.

    The correct full name is "Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field". Airport materials nowadays omit "Adams Field", but it's still part of the airport's full legal name *and* the ADG has long included it on first reference (as did both Democrat & Gazette before it, decades before the Clintons' names were added). Perhaps the folks here lost their fight against renaming it for Bill & Hillary, but still we should NEVER ignore George Geyer Adams...

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    April 3, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

    LOL, FOB's worry about little legal things.