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American Airlines adding 4th flight from Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- American Airlines will begin a fourth flight between Dubuque Regional Airport and Chicago O'Hare in April 2011.

Officials at the Dubuque Regional Airport, City Council, Board of Supervisors, Chamber of Commerce, the Air Service Task Force along with our Washington Congressional delegation have worked long and hard to increase the number of flights out of the regional airport.

"The additional flight started with a need to expand air service at Dubuque. In February 2010, we announced the FlyDBQ 1st campaign and the community responded. Through the efforts of many, American Airlines has agreed to add another flight for our business and leisure travelers," said Mike Santillo, chair of the Airport Commission.

American officials decided that the first step coming out of rough economic times will be adding a flight to O'Hare. This made the best financial sense in their opinion. The fourth flight increases Dubuque's seat capacity by 25%, or 100 seats per day.

The Dubuque Airport will use a grant from Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Aviation to market and offset initial operating cost for the new flight.

"The fact that we're able to add a fourth flight really speaks volumes about the commitment the Dubuque community has in growing this important market. We're very pleased with the support we have seen from Dubuque area travelers," said Dale Morris, Managing Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations for American Airlines.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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