The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, to offer twice-daily round-trip flights between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and two new destinations in Iowa – Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City and Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo.
As part of the United States’ Essential Air Service program (EAS), American Eagle plans to begin service to the two cities in spring 2012, operating the routes with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s and 50-seat ERJ-145s.
“Connecting Sioux City and Waterloo air service through O’Hare will improve the flying options for travelers, while, at the same time, create and preserve jobs in both areas,” said Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who worked to support the inclusion of new cities into the Essential Air Service program. “Better service is also important for economic development and in attracting new businesses. I am hopeful that American Airlines will be able to expand their air service to both cities over time, eliminating the need for federal support.”
“I am pleased that the DOT has granted the City of Sioux City’s request and selected American Eagle as the EAS provider in Sioux City,” said U.S. Congressman Steve King (Republican-Iowa). “Round-trip service to Chicago O’Hare fits well with the demands of those travelling to and from Sioux City, and I am hopeful that this service will help to increase the air traffic in and out of Sioux City. Sioux City has historically done very well to leverage community assets like reliable air service to attract new opportunities, and today’s decision ensures that it will be able to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”
“The Waterloo Regional Airport is a major economic engine for the Cedar Valley, connecting our community with a world of opportunities,” said State Representative Bruce Braley (Iowa-01). “The beginning of American Airlines service between Waterloo and Chicago will be a major selling point for attracting new investment and new businesses looking to locate in Northeast Iowa. This is good news for job creation and economic growth in the Cedar Valley.”
American Eagle’s proposed schedule from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX) calls for its first daily flight to leave ORD at 12:50 p.m. and land at SUX at 2:35 p.m. The proposal should see the second daily flight departing ORD at 7:30 p.m. and reaching SUX at 9:15 p.m.
In the other direction, American Eagle plans for its first daily flight on the route to begin taxiing at SUX at 6:30 a.m., in order to make a 7:55 a.m. arrival at ORD. The airline is proposing its second daily flight leave SUX at 3:10 p.m. and get to ORD at 4:40 p.m.
The regional carrier’s proposed schedule from Chicago O’Hare to Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) calls for its first daily flight on the route to push back from the gate at ORD at 2:30 p.m. and to arrive at ALO at 3:45 p.m. The airline proposes to schedule its second daily flight on the route for a 7:30 p.m. departure from ORD and an 8:45 p.m. arrival at ALO.
In the other direction, American Eagle is planning for its first daily flight to leave ALO at 6:30 a.m. and touch down at ORD at 7:30 a.m. The airline proposes that its second daily flight begin taxiing at ALO at 4:20 p.m., in order to make a 5:20 p.m. arrival at ORD.