Sunday, November 6, 2016

Muskegon County Airport offers cheap flights to Chicago for limited time



MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A flight from Muskegon to Chicago will only cost you $69, for a limited time. 

United Airlines, air carrier for Muskegon County Airport, is offering one-way flights from Muskegon to Chicago O'Hare Airport for $69, now through Nov. 23 for flights Nov. 30-March 8. Tickets from Chicago to Muskegon will be the same price.

Tickets must be purchased from united.com at least 21 days in advance.  

A flight from Muskegon to Chicago O'Hare costs about $180 for dates leading up to Nov. 23.

"The airport continually receives requests for additional flights," said Jeffrey Tripp, Muskegon County Airport manager.  "United Airlines will gauge our level of success during this promotional period and the final results will have an impact on future flight decisions by United." 

Tripp said there have been many requests for an early morning flight from Muskegon to Chicago, and success of this sale could give the airport additional leverage to add it. 

"The ultimate goal is to increase the number of customers choosing to use United Airlines service from Muskegon for their air travel needs," he said. "We are constantly told by customers of the need for an early morning departure." 

United Express, of United Airlines, offers daily round trip flights to Chicago O'Hare on 50-seat regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines. Flights are available in the late-morning and evening Sunday-Friday, and in the evening on Saturdays.  

The changing airline industry puts pressure on community airports, Tripp said. Changes include airline consolidation, fewer flights, fewer available aircrafts and flight crews, and the potential reduction or loss of service. 

"While Muskegon is not in danger of losing service in the near future, it is our goal to significantly increase our passenger numbers to a level that will allow Muskegon to operate without the need for the current subsidies," Tripp said. 

Muskegon County Airport is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Essential Air Service program. 

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