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VIDEO: Water cannons celebrate new flights at Missoula Airport

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MISSOULA- It was a celebratory day at Missoula International Airport as new direct flights started.

American Airlines started service to the Garden City this morning with the first non-stop flight from Dallas. 

The arrival was heralded with two fire engines spraying a massive water cannon salute over the plane while it taxied into the runway. Officials said water cannons are a tradition in the aviation industry.

United Airlines also started its non-stop summer service from MSO today. Those flights are to Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Denver.

Billy Glunz, director of government affairs for American Airlines, says adding a new dot on the map is an in-depth and long process. He says they look at growth and potential when adding new services, and he sees that potential here in Missoula.

"Missoula obviously has a heavy tourism industry, so getting folks to come into Missoula, as well as the business development side. For corporations looking to relocate or grow their businesses, air service is a big deal."

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