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American Airlines adds 3 flights from GSP to Chicago

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In preparation for the summer travel season, American Airlines has added 26 new connections to and from its six major hubs.

The Dallas, Texas-based airline added three flights between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Beginning July 5, the airline will depart GSP for non-stop service to Chicago at 8:10 a.m., 10:05 a.m. and 6:20 p.m.

“It opens up the rest of the American network to Upstate travelers,” said Rosylin Westin, vice president of communications and community relations at GSP. “It will give them the opportunity to connect with international flights like London-Heathrow and Madrid as well as flights in the continental United States.”

United Airlines currently provides six non-stop flights from GSP to O’Hare at various times and days. The added routes to Chicago brings the number of daily departures from GSP to around 50, according to Westin.

American uses the Bombardier CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 jets and the Embraer ERJ jets.

The announcement of the new flights comes on the heels of the airport’s Wingspan renovation program that is expected to be complete as the new flights begin. Those improvements include new ticket counters, a consolidated screening check-point and added retail and food/beverage locations.

“People talk about growth and think it only means the airport is growing only if there is an announcement of a new airline coming in,” Westin said. “But that growth can also mean an existing airline beefing up its current service.”

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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