United Airlines launched service to Houston from Akron-Canton Airport on Friday. It's the local airport's third connection to a United hub.
GREEN Daily service from Akron-Canton Airport to Houston started early this morning courtesy United Airlines.
It's the first time an airline has connected Akron-Canton with Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The flight is in addition to service United already offers to Chicago O'Hare and Newark Liberty international airports.
United has served Akron-Canton since 1948 when the airport began offering commercial airline service. In addition to adding Houston, United has increased its service to Chicago to five flights daily.
"To see them start to grow again has been exciting for the airport and, I think, for the community," Rick McQueen, president and chief executive officer at Akron-Canton, said of the additional service offered by United.
United is starting with one daily departure just before 7 a.m. and a return flight in the evening that arrives at 10:36 p.m. The airline is using a 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jet to provide the service.
United officials, in a press release, said service to Houston will connect Akron-Canton travelers with more than 100 destinations on the West Coast, Southeast, Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
Annette Zappala, director of sales for United, said the airline has seen market demand for service to Houston from the oil and gas industry, as well as the energy industry and other businesses.
"We have been waiting for this day," she said, adding that United expects strong interest in the service.