Officials at the Edmonton International Airport gathered to celebrate its inaugural direct daily flight to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday morning.

Brad Ferguson with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation said the demand is there for the daily return flight, which will leave EIA at 8:10 a.m., arriving in Dallas/Fort Worth in the early afternoon.

A return flight will leave Texas at 4:20 p.m., landing in Alberta at 7:25 p.m.

The American Airlines Airbus A319 can seat 128 people, and officials say they expect it to be full nearly every day – especially if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead.

 Mabrie Jackson with the North Texas Commission says the new route will bring an additional $200 million in development to Texas.

"The energy market is such an explosive market for all of us and as that continues to grow you'll see a lot of collaboration back and forth – so I think it'll be a real education for our business community to figure out ‘hey, I really need to do more business in Canada.’" 

The new daily route was first announced in December. It is the third direct flight to an international destination recently added to the EIA – which already has direct flights to New York and Iceland.

The Dallas airport is one of the busiest transit hubs in the United States, offering connections to Central and South America.