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WACO (July 1, 2012)--
United Airlines is discontinuing service from the Waco Regional Airport starting Sept. 5. with the last flight departing from the airport on Sept. 4.
United Airlines provides daily flights from Waco to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
Christen David, a spokesperson for the airlines, confirmed the decision to News 10 Sunday, explaining that service is being discontinued due to the financial performance of the flight.
Joel Martinez, director of Waco Regional Airport, previously confirmed to News 10 on Saturday that the last United Airlines commuter flight will depart from the Waco Regional Airport on Sept. 4.
Martinez said he was notified about the changes on Thursday.
Waco Public Information Officer, Larry Holze, said that the move should not reflect poorly on the city's image.
"Hopefully another airline will see the opportunity here because they were doing good business and just because there maybe cut backs across the nation does not mean Waco is a bad investment."
The airport had been in talks with the airline and its plan to scrap its daily flights to Houston came as a shock to Martinez.
Airports in Victoria and Beaumont will also lose its flights provided by United to Houston Intercontinental.
As of Sunday night, United Airlines had no further details about the changes or where service to the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport would be affected.