Vermont Business Magazine Burlington International Airport received its first American Airlines direct flight from Chicago on Thursday. In the tradition of first-flights into the airport, the celebration included a traditional water cannon salute, remarks from Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and a pop-up performance by Jazzfest artists – as all welcomed the new daily nonstop. AA is initially testing the service with seasonal flights for now.
“American Airlines has made an important commitment to this airport and this region by expanding their service. We are very excited for this new service and the continued partnership and commitment from American Airlines to our airport and our region,” said Gene Richards, Director of Aviation.
The flight enhances important access between Chicago and Burlington for business and leisure travel. Chicago’s ORD airport is also a hub for American Airlines with hundreds of possibilities, Richards said.
United Airlines has long run a popular service direct to ORD from BTV.
Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with BTV Aviation Director Gene Richards, speaks during the AA ceremony. BTV photo.
“Congratulations to the Airport team on continuing to improve the service and financial health of our airport,” said Weinberger. “With the recent Moody’s credit rating upgrade, strongest first quarter number of passengers since 2008, and new flights on major airlines to important hub airports across the country, our airport is better positioned now than ever to serve the needs of Burlingtonians, visitors, and the region.”
To American Airlines General Manager Tiffany Major, Weinberger added, “Burlington is excited to grow our partnership with American Airlines. You have timed your first flight impeccably in the midst of our annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and with Chicago’s own renowned Blues Festival happening this weekend, it’s exciting to strengthen the connection between our two cities.”
The plane touched down in Burlington at 3:23 pm to a lineup of two fire trucks from the Airport’s Air National Guard Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Unit. JazzFest artists Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono put on a pop-up performance that passengers enjoyed as they departed the terminal as well as classic Chicago popcorn: caramel and cheddar cheese.
Source: June 7, 2018 – South Burlington – BTV