American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has announced plans to add nonstop flight service between Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning in Spring 2010.
Chicago is one of American’s largest hubs, said Brian Ellestad, deputy director of air service and community relations at Blue Grass Airport, which will make the new service especially valuable for international passengers planning their itinerary to Lexington for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.
AMR, the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, announced the Lexington-Chicago service as one of a series of steps the company will take to better position its ability to meet the industry’s near- term economic challenges while continuing to build a strategy for long-term success. The company has obtained a total of $2.9 billion in additional liquidity and new aircraft financing and announced plans to strengthen its network by relocating capacity to its hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami and New York.
American has reaffirmed its commitment to Chicago as its primary Asia gateway and will start new service to Beijing, China, in Spring 2010. Fifty-seven daily flights will be added to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for a total of 487 daily departures.