United Airlines will be doubling its flights from Madison to the New York City area with a second daily non-stop to Newark Liberty International Airport beginning in May.

The new flight was announced by Dane County Regional Airport officials on Thursday.

"This additional flight is a testament to the high quality and excellent service of our airport," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "Continued expansion of service is great for local residents and business travelers and is a critical part of our efforts to maintain a strong local economy."

The flight, No. 4414, will begin on May 5, leaving Madison at 6:20 p.m. and arriving in Newark at 9:27 p.m. The airline currently has a 12:09 p.m. flight, arriving at 3:24 p.m.

The new flight will use a 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft, same as the flight earlier in the day. The plane is from ExpressJet and will be a United Express flight.

United is one of two airlines serving the New York metropolitan area from Madison. Delta also has daily flights into LaGuardia Airport in New York.

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