An unexpected announcement from United Airlines revealed that they will be offering direct flights from Thunder Bay to Chicago, starting on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013. These economy class flights will be offered daily from Thunder Bay to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and will be operated on a Canadair 50-seater jet. The flights will leave Thunder Bay at 6:00 am and will take just a little over two hours to reach Chicago. The return flight leaves Chicago at 6:00 pm.
United has a plan to connect their major hubs to a variety of destinations, helping to connect people to destinations such as Mexico and Hawaii. The airline said that 2011 was a good year and they carried more traffic than any other airline, having operated more than two million flights and having carried 142 million passengers. Janice Burton, a Thunder Bay travel operator, said that Chicago has not been a popular destination for travellers from Northwestern Ontario and United will have to win travellers over with good ticket prices.
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