American Airlines is bringing Chicago service to the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Flights are set to begin on June 14th and will operate through the American Airlines subsidiary, American Eagle. There will be two round trip flights daily from Sunday to Friday and one on Saturdays. The trip from here to Chicago takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

American Airlines Market Development Manager, Brett Hooyerink, says Waterloo Region is an attractive destination because, “it’s kind of the best of both. You have agrarian routes. There’s a lot of agricultural, manufacturing and trade and business that’s based here…at the same time you have all of the technology that’s here.”

Depending on whether the Chicago service takes off, Hooyerink says he wouldn’t rule out service to other destinations. “I think that we definitely see lots of opportunity from here,” he says. “First and foremost, we need to make sure that these flights are full and see about hopefully increasing service and we’ll go from there.”

The flights will land at Chicago’s O’Hare International, giving travellers an opportunity to connect with other flights to destinations around the world.

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