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Akron-Canton Airport adds non-stop flights to Chicago

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: June 24, 2016 10:00 AM

GREEN SEmD Area travelers looking for nonstop flights to Chicago will soon have more options out of Akron-Canton Airport.

The facility is launching nonstop flights to Chicago O'Hare airport, starting Oct. 6.

American Airlines will offer the flights and are debuting as the airport completes a $2.7 million renovation and expansion of its ticket wing, which now has 1,800 square feet of space.

The airport officially opened the new ticket wing June 2.

American will offer service aboard 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s, which are twin-engine jets used primarily for regional flights.

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According to the airline, it will offer flights to Chicago departing at 7:41 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. which, because of the time zone change, will get travelers to the Windy City a little more than half an hour later. Return flights, leaving Chicago at noon and 6:35 p.m., will arrive in Cleveland a little less than three hours after their departure time, losing an hour along the way.

Airport officials also noted that American will be adding a second daily flight to New York, also beginning Oct. 6.

The new flights will increase the number of daily departures from Akron-Canton by American planes to 14, including nonstop flights to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Charlotte.

"We are delighted that American is growing again at Akron-Canton Airport," said president and CEO Rick McQueen in a statement. "Chicago is a top destination and an international gateway, giving (Akron-Canton) travelers even more options for business and vacation travel. We expect the flights to be very popular."

American Airlines' additions are the latest in a string of positive steps at the airport.

American recently announcing its initial New York flights, and Allegiant Air kicked off service to Punta Gorda, Fla., and later to Orlando.

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