United adds 4th flight to Chicago from Bishop International Airport

Flint, Michigan — United Airlines is adding more service from Flint to Chicago-O'Hare starting in April 2019. 

The fourth flight will make room for more Flint passengers to head to the Windy City and provide more flexibility for those looking to make connecting flights there. Departures will be at 6:45 a.m., 10:26 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Because of the time zone change, the flights land only a few minutes later local time than their departure time. 

Bishop Airport hopes the additional flight, which adds room for 50 more passengers coming and going to Flint/Chicago translates into an increase in passengers. 

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The announcement of the United Airlines expansion in Flint follows four years of ongoing conversations with the airlines, Airport Director Craig Williams said. And, it meets a growing demand in Flint for flights to Chicago.

Southwest Airlines stopped flying out of Bishop Airport in June and airlines now are seeing more demand for flights from local travelers. 

“Air service does not happen overnight,” said Williams. “It takes a long time, but (without Southwest in Flint), it now leaves more openings for other airlines to consider the marketplace.”

Flights at Bishop Airport are provided by Allegiant, American, Delta, and United airlines. In the last year, Bishop also has announced it would be adding direct flights to Myrtle Beach and Ft. Lauderdale on Allegiant, addition of an American Airlines flight to Chicago, and an increase in flights to Florida on Allegiant. 

For more information, bishopairport.org.

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