United to add 4th daily Duluth-Chicago flightWith United Airlines’ nonstop flights between Duluth and Chicago proving popular, the airline will add a fourth daily flight beginning June 16.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
With United Airlines’ nonstop flights between Duluth and Chicago proving popular, the airline will add a fourth daily flight beginning June 16.
The additional flight will fill a late-afternoon gap in the schedule. It will depart Chicago’s O’Hare airport at 3:45 p.m. and arrive at Duluth International Airport at 5:17 p.m. The turnaround flight will leave Duluth at 5:50 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:20 p.m.
The later flight will better allow business people to travel between the two cities in one day. The flights take about 95 minutes.
The additional United flight is welcome, said Tom Werner, the Duluth airport’s executive director.
“It is important that Duluth continue to have air service competition to help keep airfares down,” he said in a statement. “Having viable options for air service will eventually lead to future air service opportunities.”
Duluth also is served by Delta Air Lines, with flights to the Twin Cities and Detroit, and Allegiant Air, with flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa and Orlando-Sanford.
Since United launched its Duluth-Chicago service in 2009 with twice daily nonstop flights, it has experienced continued growth. That prompted United to add a third daily flight in February 2012.
That trend continued in 2013, when total passengers were up nearly 18 percent over 2012, from about 69,300 in 2012 to 79,400 in 2013, according to the latest Duluth Airport Authority statistics.
Currently, United flights depart Duluth at 6 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 4 p.m. and leave Chicago at 8:45 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.