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ILM exploring direct flight to Chicago

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BY JP FINLAY
GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

After record-setting attendance figures in 2010, Wilmington International Airport kept the positive news flowing with the highest January passenger totals since 2008. More than 54,000 people flew into or out of ILM Airport last month, 4.5 percent higher than January 2010.

The January figures are even more impressive when the winter weather the region faced in January is considered. According to the Jon Rosborough, airport director, 56 flights were cancelled in January. Though many people were able to rebook other flights, the cancellations still had an adverse impact on airport traffic.

“We’re very pleased, it was a great start to the year,” Rosborough said. He also said that unofficial numbers so far in February show another increase, though that could change in the last few days of the month.

“It’s a good sign,” Rosborough said.

In two weeks, nonstop flights to Washington, D.C. will be introduced on the weekends. Another nonstop flight to Chicago is still in the works.

“We always go to our existing carriers first. If they don’t express interest, then we go to other carriers and try to get them interested,” Rosborough said of the process of getting a Chicago flight. “Right now another carrier has expressed some interest but it doesn’t mean they’re going to do it. At least they’re talking to me. That’s a good sign.”

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/industry_news_details.php?id=2256

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