Appleton International Airport gave a wet salute to the first flight of its new American Airlines’ service to Chicago.
Two of the airport’s firetrucks created a watery arch to the jet as it taxied from the runway to a gate with nearly 30 passengers on board. ATW officials announced earlier this year the airport would be adding service by America Airlines, giving regional passengers a choice of accessing the three largest airlines in the United States. American will provide twice-daily service to Chicago O’hare from ATW.
“This service brings additional flights, choice and competition to the airport,” Airport Director Abe Weber says. “That will benefit everyone in Northeast Wisconsin.”
With the addition of American’s service, there are now five to six daily flights — depending on the season — connecting ATW to Chicago O’Hare. United Airlines provides the other connections to Chicago. Delta flies to Minneapolis, Atlanta and Detroit from ATW.
ATW is an economic driver for the Fox Cities area, providing access to the rest of the country, but also generating nearly $700 million in economic activity annually.