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American in, Delta out at Waterloo airport

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo Regional Airport is about to shift carriers.

Tuesday afternoon, American Eagle will serve Waterloo with 2 flights to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

Delta Connection makes its last flight to Minneapolis Tuesday morning.

Diane Levy is headed back to San Diego after visiting family in Waverly.

She flies into Waterloo 4 or 5 times a year.

A Delta frequent flyer, she'll now have to use American to land in Waterloo.

"I love the Minneapolis airport. So I'm really disappointed when they discontinued this flight because it's been so convenient. I come to Waverly to visit my family and this airport is just great," said Levy.

Delta decided to end flights to Waterloo after losing a bid for a federal subsidy.

American Eagle won the bid.

There's already a sign over a check-in counter in place.

More work will happen after a Delta Connection plane - run by Pinnacle Airlines - leaves for the final time Tuesday morning.

Area travel agents track air fares.

They say they've seen a bit of a price drop and renewed interest in flying from Waterloo.

They also think the carrier switch might help the city long-term.

"It'll be good to get into Chicago now because the positive side of that is it's going to allow us access to a lot of international flights overseas out of O'Hare because over time, I think you'll see Minneapolis be less of a major international hub," said Humble Travel owner Gregg Humble.

Ground support workers at the airport will keep their jobs.

They work for a third party company and will simply switch uniforms and computer systems.

American has a fare sale going for Waterloo flights.

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