Chattanooga Airport starting nonstops to Philadelphia on Saturday

Staff file photo by Doug Strickland / Fueled by more airline seats, Chattanooga Airport officials are working to keep up with record growth and planning changes for 2019.

American Airlines will begin nonstop flights from Chattanooga Airport to Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday.

The first nonstop from the Scenic City to Philadelphia launches at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, offering fliers the opportunity to do business and explore one of the nation's most historic cities, officials said.

"When our airlines like American add new routes, they're helping us increase options for our passengers and ultimately contribute to the economic growth of our region," said Chattanooga Airport Chief Executive Terry Hart in a statement.

Flights will leave Chattanooga daily at 6:50 a.m., arriving in Philadelphia at 9:03 a.m.

Service will depart from Philadelphia at 6:35 p.m. and arrive in Chattanooga at 8:49 p.m.

Chattanooga Airport in 2018 set new records for passenger boardings and total traffic as it benefited from the city's growing economy and more flights, officials said.