CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — United Airlines plans to begin offering direct flights in January between Washington, D.C., and nine East Coast cities, including four in West Virginia, the company announced.

Though touted as opening up the world to travelers in Beckley, Clarksburg, Morgantown and Parkersburg, the new service does not include Mercer County Airport, which lost its commercial air service last month.

Beginning Jan. 7, United Airline Express, through its regional partner Colgan Air, will begin offering flights aboard 34-seat Saab SF-340 aircraft between Washington-Dulles International Airport and Parkersburg, Bradford, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y., the airline said.

Service to and from the nation's capital and Clarksburg and Morgantown is set to begin Jan. 21, followed by service with Altoona, Pa., and Johnstown, Pa., on Feb. 4; and Beckley and Virginia's Shenandoah Valley on Feb. 18.

Tickets are now for sale for all flights.

At the behest of Gov. Joe Manchin, state officials are still trying to line up an air carrier to serve the Bluefield airport after Colgan Air discontinued its three daily flights at the Mercer County Airport on Nov. 12.