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ILM looking for input on service to Chicago


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The airport is looking to expand. Wilmington International is getting flyer's feedback on adding non-stop flights to Chicago. Airport officials are in talks with airlines, but they won't say which ones.

Because 70 percent of passengers at ILM travel on business, the airport is asking local companies to fill out an online survey. The airport wants to know how often companies would take advantage of non-stop flights to Chicago if they were offered.

"It's a very expensive process to have a new airline move in, a lot of start-up cost, just like you would with any business or industry moving into the community," airport director Jon Rosborough said. "So what we're doing is saying, 'OK. Will the community, and primarily the business community, support this non-stop service if we were to get that?'"

Right now ILM offers non-stop service to New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Orlando. Eventually, the airport would like to offer flights to the other five top destinations: Boston, Washington, Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles.

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Higher prices at ILM

Ok, Now I know why the pleasure traveler fly from Myrtle Beach or Raleigh. All these years I never knew that 70% of ILM is business. The business flyer doesn't look at prices the companies pay and then write if off. This has answered a lot questions...

Sounds good

As long as it is only one-way. A good way to export the over abundance of yankees we currently have.

Adding another airling to

Adding another airling to ILM is strongly needed. For too long they have let U.S.Air dominate the local scene. A low cost air carrier (Southwest) would be a strong improvement to the local scene. I recently flew Delta and was strongly pleased so much more than my last trip on U.S.Airways!!