Non-stop flights from PBIA to LAX begin

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Non-stop flights from West Palm Beach to Los Angeles started on Thursday. American Airlines launched its inaugural flight from LAX to PBIA.

Passengers who took the red-eye flight to West Palm Beach were greeted with balloons, food and music.

Palm Beach County tourism officials have been trying to get this route scheduled for more than a year.

Fox 29 spoke with passengers headed to Los Angeles who said they're excited about the new direct flight and plan on using it more in the future.

"It's a much faster trip to get directly there. It probably saves me a couple hours in a day," said Michael Johnson, who was traveling to central California.

Tourism experts said the daily non-stop route will bring 23,000 tourists to our area each year, pumping $29 million into the local economy.

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