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Interest High For New Erie to Chicago Flights

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In just two days, Erie travelers will be able to hop on a direct flight from Erie to Chicago, any day of the week. From airport officials, to the related businesses in the airport, to travel agents and frequent flyers, everyone seems to think the direct flights to Chicago will be a game changer. 

The banners are up at the airport, touting the new jet service to Chicago. There will be two flights out daily; 6:54 a.m., and 4:10 p.m., plus afternoon and evening return flights. 

Service starts on Thursday afternoon with the 4:10 flight from Erie to Chicago. They'll kick it off with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a visit from United officials, who are already pleased with the bookings they are seeing from flyers here. Erie Airport Director Chris Rogers says of the cities where United is adding service, Erie is number one. That doesn't surprise travel agents...or flyers who view this as a game changer. 
 
"One thing we've found from United is they've been tracking all the new markets they are planning on starting service in on the 5th of June and Erie to Chicago has booked at a higher percentage that any other market," said Rogers. "So we're extremely pleased with that...we also know the flight is booked on the first flight out, so you can't ask for better than that."

There is so much enthusiasm from Erie air travelers in fact, that the airport director says talks are already underway about adding more daily Erie to Chicago flights, and possibly connecting Erie to another United hub.

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