Fargo's Hector International Airport expands its flights to ChicagoArea travelers may see lower fares to Chicago as American Airlines begins flights today between Fargo’s Hector International Airport and O’Hare in Chicago.
By: Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM
Area travelers may see lower fares to Chicago as American Airlines begins flights today between Fargo’s Hector International Airport and O’Hare in Chicago.
American Eagle, the airline’s regional carrier, will provide three daily flights between Fargo and Chicago.
The flights are expected to bring down fares through increased competition and expanded economic development, said Brian Walters, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.
“Air service is a critical determining factor of our ability to retain jobs long term and expand the economy,” Walters said.
United Airlines also offers flights to Chicago from Hector.
The response from area consumers and businesses has so far been positive, but American has not yet released specific ticket sales information, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority.
While competition is increasing in Chicago markets, Hector is losing a stop in the western U.S.
Frontier Airlines’ last flight from Fargo to Denver departs this morning. The carrier is phasing out the Q400 turboprop planes used for the Fargo-to-Denver flights and failed to see enough enplanements to make the hub profitable, Walters said.
If all goes well with the new flights to Chicago, Dobberstein said he hopes American Airlines will pursue adding more destinations to Hector, including a hub in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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