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Amarillo has finalized plans to begin offering direct flights to Austin.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the non-stop flights from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will begin next month. The service is being offered through Via Airlines.

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Later this month, the Amarillo Airport Advisory Board will unveil its plans for a permanent tribute to Commander Rick Husband, the Amarillo native son who died aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the new tribute will help to show why Husband has become such an important figure in the collective imagination of the Texas Panhandle.

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The Amarillo City Council has approved a plan that would create one daily flight from Amarillo’s Rick Husband International Airport to Phoenix, Arizona.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the decision means American Airlines can now begin preparing direct nonstop air service between Arizona and the Texas Panhandle. The city council voted unanimously to approve the plan, which will open Amarillo air customers up to 89 domestic destinations and four countries out of Phoenix.

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The Wright Amendment expired in October, meaning that Southwest Airlines doesn’t have to make stops in cities like Amarillo.  The airline can fly non-stop from destinations to hubs anywhere in the United States.