Daily flight on United Airlines will depart at 7 a.m. and land at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 8:50 a.m.
GREEN United Airlines passengers will be able to take a nonstop flight to Houston from the Akron-Canton Airport beginning in June.
The daily flight on a 50-passenger regional jet will depart at 7 a.m. and land at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 8:50 a.m. The returning flight will leave Texas at 6:30 p.m. and arrive at Akron-Canton Airport at 10:12 p.m.
Airport President and CEO Rick McQueen said about 30 people a day fly to Houston from the Akron-Canton Airport via a connecting flight. Adding a nonstop flight will help regional oil and gas executives travel between Ohio and Texas more quickly and also benefit companies with satellite offices in Houston.
And for leisure travelers, a nonstop flight to Houston will provide a gateway to destinations in Mexico and on the West Coast.
"It means a lot, not necessarily to the airport, but to the region, quite frankly," McQueen said.
The airport does not offer a nonstop flight to Texas on any of its four airlines but does offer connecting flights to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. United's new flight, which will begin June 8, is expected to decrease travel time to Houston by at least two hours.
United's other nonstop flights from the Akron-Canton Airport land in Chicago and in Newark, N.J.
"United has been a proud member of the Akron-Canton communities for nearly 70 years," Annette Zappala, United's director of sales, said in a news release. "This new flight between Akron-Canton and Houston will provide convenient connections for business and leisure customers traveling to the U.S. West Coast and to several destinations in Latin America."