Tennessee's Chattanooga Airport (CHA) said it will get nonstop service to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on Oct. 1, a sign that the COVID-19 squeeze on smaller US airports may be easing.
SkyWest Airlines will operate a new United Express route daily between CHA and IAH from Oct. 1, according to the airport.
Additionally, twice-daily United service to ORD—which had been suspended July 1—will resume Oct. 1, according to the airport.
CHA president and CEO Terry Hart said that “Houston is seen as a gateway to hundreds of domestic and international destinations, including Denver and San Francisco,” adding: "The addition of a Houston flight adds a new layer of convenience for business travelers and excitement for our leisure travelers.”
Airport passenger traffic was down 86.3% year-over-year (YOY) in May, according to the airport—that was an improvement over the 95% YOY plunge in April. Slight improvements appear to be continuing: passenger traffic in July was down 69.4% YOY.
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