Published on : Saturday, November 16, 2013
The United Airlines is all set to launch nonstop flights to Atlantic City International Airport from Chicago and Houston on April 1, giving a big-name carrier to a market craving for more airline service.
A delegation of New Jersey officials led by Gov. Chris Christie justified the flights as crucial for boosting the Atlantic City economy by bringing in more conventions and overnight visitors.
“The fact is that we’re going to have what we’ve always said the airport needs in terms of service — a major carrier going to major hubs. It’s terrific,” said state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic. “It’s absolutely essential if Atlantic City is going a step further to become a major convention and tourist destination.”
Christie, who established the state-run Atlantic City Tourism District as part of a five-year
initiative to revive the resort town, also said the new flights would be a catalyst for growth.
“It speaks volumes that a company like United Airlines recognises the full and future potential of Atlantic City International Airport,” the governor said in a statement Thursday announcing the flights. “The decision to bring air service to the seaside resort opens Atlantic City and Atlantic City International to the world while expanding travel service opportunities for the people of the South Jersey region.”
Chicago and Houston are United’s largest hub airports. The airline’s new flights will enable one-stop connecting service between Atlantic City and points throughout the Midwest and western United States, Canada, Asia and Latin America.
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