For the first time in nearly seven years, Tulsa International Airport (TUL) will offer a daily nonstop flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), beginning April 2.

The news follows a long effort by the airport, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the city of Tulsa to secure daily nonstop service to Tulsa’s second most popular destination: the Los Angeles Basin.

American Airlines will offer the new flight. Allegiant currently flies from TUL to LAX on Mondays and Fridays, airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said.

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The last time Tulsa had daily nonstop service to LAX was in July 2012 via United Airlines, she said. It began decreasing frequency the following month and canceled the route in March 2013.

“Part of making Tulsa more nationally competitive is being more nationally connected,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a statement. “The addition by American Airlines of daily direct flights connecting Tulsa and Los Angeles improves our connectivity with one of the world’s great financial centers. This is a big win for Tulsa businesses, and for the good people of Los Angeles who now will have better access to all Tulsa has to offer.”

The LAX flight will be operated with an Embraer E175, and the new route will be available for purchase starting Monday at AA.com.

“Adding more direct flights is a strategic initiative of the Tulsa Regional Chamber,” Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal said in a statement. “When our economic development staff meet with members and site selectors to work on business retention and expansion projects, the need for more direct flights is always a big part of the conversation, and Los Angeles is the most requested business destination. Adding LAX is a tremendous win for the local business community.”

Nonstop flights are an important part of the chamber’s push to connect Tulsa with other parts of the country for business and pleasure.

”As I stressed in my inaugural address back in January, getting more direct flights has been a top priority this year,” Tulsa Regional Chamber Chair Steve Bradshaw said in a statement. “Needless to say, we are very excited by today’s news, and we hope it is the first of many new direct destinations in our future. I applaud American Airlines for its continuing commitment to Tulsa and our entire region.”

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