St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Kansas City International Airport both announced new flights Thursday, including a nonstop from Kansas City to Cancun, Mexico, beginning in November. Airport officials tout the new routes as an optimistic sign for the industry as travel demand continues to grow. In Missouri politics, Rep. Vicky Hartzler has officially thrown her hat in the ring for the 2022 Senate race. Hartzler, who has served in Congress since 2011, joins a Republican field that includes former Gov. Eric Greitens, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey. In her announcement Thursday, Hartzler promised relentless opposition to Democrats and emphasized her history of supporting former President Donald Trump. In jobs news, two prominent Kansas City-area employers announced layoffs. Cerner will cut 500 employees, and H&R Block is shedding 90 jobs. That news came as the larger labor market continued to show signs of improvement. Weekly unemployment claims nationally once again hit their lowest level since the start of the pandemic, and Missouri’s weekly claims were near pandemic lows.