by Ally Freeman
The first-ever direct flight connecting Boston and Nashville was met with celebrations from community leaders, city officials, and a few hometown icons. Mayors Karl Dean of Nashville and Thomas M. Menino of Boston were both on hand this week to commemorate the new Southwest Airlines route that will make it easier than ever for passengers to travel nonstop between the regions, including for the Congress of Cities to be held in Boston, November 28 - December 1.
Mayor Dean flew the inaugural flight from Nashville International Airport to Logan International Airport in Boston. The mayors - both NLC members - exchanged gifts and touted one another's local flavors in a nod to the tourism exchange they hope to promote.
"We look forward to the opportunities this brings to these two cultural hubs and NLC cities," said NLC Executive Director, Donald J. Borut. "We are especially excited that this new direct flight connects our membership in Tennessee to Boston - our 2012 Congress of Cities host."
The route was first announced in May by Southwest, an NLC Corporate Partner. In addition to boosting tourism, the cities hope the increased accessibility and travel convenience will encourage business growth.
"Bringing communities together is what drives-or should I say, flies--our business!" said Ana Schwager, Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots manager. "It's great to see Mayor Dean and Mayor Menino celebrating this connection with business, and community leaders who see the economic impact to be generated between these two vibrant cities, and in the region."
Details: For more information and to register for the Congress of Cities visit www.nlccongressofcities.org.