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United launches first Atlantic City flights

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The first United Airlines flight landed at Atlantic City International Airport from Chicago on Tuesday, signaling what transportation officials hope will be a new era of prosperity for the struggling facility and the gambling resort it serves.

The airline will run one roundtrip flight from Houston and Chicago each day. The flights will be operated by United Express carrier ExpressJet using 50-seat Embraer aircraft.

It's all part of a makeover of the airport undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which took over operations there last year. The changes aim to bring more economic activity to the region, particularly Atlantic City and its casinos.

It's also hoped additional flights at the airport will eventually ease some of the congestion at airports in Newark and Philadelphia.

"With new flights come new opportunities — for tourism, business and leisure travel, job growth, and economic stimulation," said Rep. Frank LoBiondo, D-NJ, chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee. "By linking Atlantic City International Airport to United Airlines' two largest hub airports, we're creating an environment for additional positive developments."

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