United Airlines to launch service at A.C. Airport
United Airline will launch service next year linking Atlantic City Airport to Chicago and Houston.
The daily nonstop flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport will being April 1, the airline said.
Both Gov. Christie and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney welcomed the announcement.
"It speaks volumes that a company like United Airlines recognizes the full and future potential of Atlantic City International Airport," Christie said in a statement. "The decision to bring air service to the seaside resort opens Atlantic City and ACY to the world while expanding travel service opportunities for the people of the South Jersey region."
"Having an airline like United in Atlantic City is a tremendous opportunity for the entire South Jersey region," Sweeney said. "This will not only provide an economic boost for Atlantic City and the region, it will also help alleviate congested air space in the Philadelphia and New York areas."
Chicago and Houston are United's largest hub airports and the airline said the new flights will enable one-stop service between Atlantic City and points throughout the Midwest and western United States, Canada, Asia and Latin America.
The airline will use 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft for the flights.