United Airlines launching flights between Columbia and Chicago

 Tuesday, August 1, 2017 


United Airlines Grounds All Flights Worldwide After Computer GlitchUnited Airlines will begin its new daily flights between Columbia and Chicago from this Wednesday.



The flights of United Airlines are scheduling twice daily flights between Columbia Regional Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport from this Tuesday and from Denver International Airport starting from Wednesday.



With the addition of the flight from Denver International, the passengers from Columbia will able to wing to three of the top five mega-hub airports in the country.



Denver is one the top rated destination in USA. According to the official release of United Airlines, it is noted Denver was in the list of the requested destinations.



The new flights will offer direct competition with American Airlines, which also flies to Chicago as well as Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.



The plan of the arrival and departure of the new flights was originally announced in February this year by United Airlines.



At a press conference after the release, Mayor Brian Treece cited an 85 percent growth in demand for flights in and out of Columbia Regional Airport since 2010.



Additionally, the in first quarter of 2017, it is experienced significantly more departures and arrivals than the first quarter of 2016.



Lisa Bright, Vacation Manager for Adelman Travel Group, told the Missourian that it has been difficult to book a flight to Chicago because of high demand. With the new decision of the United Airlines, it will give the comfort to the people living in Chicago.



The airlines to Denver and Chicago will use 50-seat Bombardier CJ200 planes.



The City Council approved up to $600,000 in revenue guarantees as part of its agreement with United Airlines. The revenue guarantee ensures that the United Airline makes at least $600,000 on its flights to and from Denver for the first year. What’s left of the funds after a year will be returned to donors.



In preparation for the demand and the surge of passengers when the new flights begin, Columbia Regional Airport in a press release, requested the passengers to arrive 20-30 minutes earlier than required between August 2 to August 16 in order to house the four early-morning flights set to leave the Chicago airport within a one-hour window.



An opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday afternoon and feature local officials, introducing the new flights.



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