American Airlines announced Friday it will begin two daily nonstop flights from Colorado Springs Airport to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on July 5.
The move comes just three days after Denver-based Frontier Airlines unveiled plans to launch nonstop service this summer to Chicago and four other cities.
American said tickets can be purchased on its website (aa.com) beginning Sunday. The flights will be operated on 70-seat CRJ-700 aircraft. The flights to Chicago will leave Colorado Springs at 7:25 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while the returning flights will leave Chicago at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
"It's been a fantastic week for new air service announcements at the Colorado Springs Airport," Mayor John Suthers said in a news release from the carrier. "We are very pleased with the continued growth at the airport and we appreciate the expanding service commitments of our partner airlines. In order to make these routes successful and continue this positive expansion, I encourage everyone in Southern Colorado to 'look before you book' and fly COS whenever possible."
The additional flights were part of a larger expansion by American at O'Hare, adding flights to seven other cities. The additional Chicago flights come 10 days after United Airlines added six new routes and additional flights to three other cities.
American now operates five daily nonstop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and previously operated daily flights to O'Hare in 2005 through its American Eagle regional subsidiary. United Airlines also offers daily nonstop service to O'Hare through its United Express partner, SkyWest Airlines.
The new flights will make Chicago the only local destination served by three airlines. Las Vegas and Los Angeles both are served by two carriers from the Springs - Allegiant Air and Frontier to Las Vegas and Frontier and United Express to Los Angeles. Allegiant and Frontier fly to different airports in the Phoenix area.
"This added service is a great indicator of the upward trajectory COS is on and will provide our passengers with fantastic nonstop and connection opportunities" through American's hub in Chicago, said Greg Phillips, aviation director of the Colorado Springs Airport. "We appreciate their continued support of this community with these added flights."