United Airlines began direct service to Chicago and Houston from Atlantic City International Airport.
From Chicago, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 8:10 a.m. daily, arriving at 11:17 a.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 11:52 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m.
From Houston, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7 p.m. daily, arriving at 11:20 p.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:49 a.m.
United will use its 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft flown by its regional carrier United Express.
It’s all part of a major makeover of the airport undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which took over operations on July 1, 2013.
Along with the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Port Authority is hoping the changes will bring more economic activity to the region, particularly Atlantic City. It’s also hoped the airport will ease some of the congestion at airports in Newark and Philadelphia.
Spirit Airlines has been the primary carrier at Atlantic City Airport.
Associated Press contributed to this report