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American Airlines will offer a daily flight to Philadelphia beginning in May. A Delta Flight is at a gate for boarding at the airport in this file photo from 2009.

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American Airlines will add a daily flight from Dane County Regional Airport to Philadelphia in late spring, becoming the second airline to add the destination from Madison in a week. 

The flights to Philadelphia offer travelers to and from Madison a key connection point, airport spokesman Brent McHenry said, as American offers dozens of flights from Philadelphia to national and international cities each day.

"Philadelphia is a a hub," McHenry said. "This gives a lot of business travelers an easy way to get up and down the East Coast."

The American flights to Philadelphia, which depart in the afternoon, begin next May and ticket sales will begin on Saturday.

American will become the second airline offering flights to Philadelphia from Dane County. Frontier, a discount airline, announced last week that it will offer flights from Madison to Philadelphia on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays beginning in April.

McHenry said competition may have been a factor in American's adding the new flight, which he called a "win-win" situation for both business and pleasure travelers.

Frontier offers people looking to spend time with family or visit a new city a direct flight with a lower cost than many larger airlines.

American, which McHenry said has a larger business clientele, offers its travelers a new hub in addition to the airline's three current flights to Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Flights from Dane County land in 14 cities across the U.S., and the flights to Philadelphia offer connections to 80 U.S. cities and 30 international locations.

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Shelley K. Mesch is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She earned a degree in journalism from DePaul University.