TC welcomes first direct flight from Dulles Intl.

The first nonstop commercial flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Cherry Capital Airport lands Saturday in Traverse City under a welcoming water salute.

TRAVERSE CITY — The first direct commercial flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Traverse City landed Saturday at Cherry Capital Airport.

The summer-only weekend flight, announced in December, helped make Saturday a busy day at the airport. About 30 commercial flights were scheduled to roll down the Traverse City tarmac before the day ended.

American Airlines on Saturday began its seasonal flights from and to Charlotte, N.C. United began its seasonal Saturday service from and to Denver, which on June 20 will expand to daily flights for the rest of the summer.

The Denver service alone could transport up to 10,000 total passengers during the summer, according to a release. The summer Charlotte service will total about 1,700 available seats.

The Washington, D.C. flights via United use a 50-seat aircraft. American's Charlotte flights seat 70 passengers, as do United's Denver flights.

Next weekend, two more summer-only flights will begin, making Cherry Capital Airport even busier.

On June 15, United will restart its summer service between Traverse City and Newark, N.J., the same day American will resume its summer flights to and from LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.

Cherry Capital Airport maintains year-round daily service to Chicago and Detroit via American, Delta Air Lines and United. Visit tvcairport.com to learn more.