AVOCA — American Airlines on Thursday began its twice-daily service between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Chicago O’Hare International Airports.
All flights to/from Chicago will be operated with 50-seat Embraer Regional Jet 145 aircraft. The flights will depart AVP at 7:59 a.m. and 3:17 p.m. daily. The flights will arrive at AVP at 2:47 p.m. and 9:11 p.m. daily.
“We are very pleased to see American Airlines continuing to upgrade its services in Northeast Pennsylvania by adding more flights and seats in the market for our area business and leisure air travelers,” said Carl Beardsley, the airport’s executive director. “American’s two daily Chicago flights will complement the two existing United daily flights to Chicago.”
Patrick O’Malley, Lackawanna County Commissioner and chairman of the Bi-County Airport Board, said, “We are confident that more passengers will continue to utilize AVP for their air travel needs.”
Beardsley siad American has already added a fourth daily flight to Charlotte in April, and added a fourth daily flight to Philadelphia a few days ago. All flights to/from Charlotte will be operated with 76-seat Canadair Regional Jet 900 aircraft (3 daily flights) and 63-seat Canadair Regional Jet 700 aircraft (1 daily flight). All flights to/from Philadelphia will be operated with 50-seat Embraer Regional Jet 145 aircraft.
With this expansion, American will add more than 1,200 daily arrivals and departures at AVP through the summer.
“That’s an additional 64,000-plus seats in our market,” Beardsley said. “We expect American to continue the added service into the future.”
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