United Airlines comes to ILM, adds two new non-stop flights

Interior of Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: Tim Buckland/StarNews)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport announced Monday that United Airlines is coming to the Port City, which will add two new non-stop routes.

United will add non-stop routes between ILM and Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and between ILM and Washington-Dulles (IAD). The new daily non-stop flights will begin April 9, 2018.

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The airport says Chicago is consistently ranked as a top destination for those who fly out of ILM, most recently ranking #5. O’Hare offers connections to people traveling to the west coast and internationally.

The airport says Washington-Dulles offers a quick flight for those conducting business in the nation’s capital or traveling for leisure. IAD is also an international gateway.

Some highlights include:

  • 80 connecting markets beyond Chicago-O’Hare, including western destinations such as Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and many more
  • 66 connecting markets beyond Washington-Dulles including international markets such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and many more “To solidify a new carrier as well as two new routes to hub cities is extremely exciting.

“We are very appreciative of our community partners for their steadfastness and feel confident that Wilmington is committed and ready to support the service,” Airport Director Julie Wilsey said in a news release.

“We are thrilled to add Wilmington to our global route network and we look forward to making United the first choice for customers traveling from Chicago and our Washington, DC, hubs,” said Grant Whitney, United’s Vice President of Domestic Network Planning. “Our new flights enable customers to make convenient connections to many more United destinations beyond our Chicago and Washington-Dulles hubs.”

Earlier this year American Airlines announced it would offer holiday service from ILM to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). American currently offers non-stop service between ILM and Charlotte, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia year round and seasonal service to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Delta flies from Wilmington to Atlanta.

American briefly flew between Wilmington and Chicago starting in summer 2011. Just months later, the airline grounded the route after declaring bankruptcy.