Date: Mar 28, 2014
Press Release Number: 67-2014
Media can cover first flight to and from Chicago at event starting at 10:30 a.m.
United Airlines' start of service between Atlantic City International Airport and Chicago and Houston will be marked on Tuesday, April 1, with a press conference starting at 10:30 a.m. and an opportunity for media to get pictures and video of the arrival of the first flight and the traditional “water cannon salute.”
Numerous Port Authority, United, airport and elected officials will welcome the inaugural flight. Among those attending will be Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni, United Vice President Don Wright, Executive Director John Palmieri of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Interim Executive Director Frank Frankowski of the South Jersey Transportation Authority and President Liza Cartmell of the Atlantic City Alliance.
United's new service is a catalyst for the airport's future growth, as well as a way to enhance travel and business opportunities for Atlantic City, nearby communities and southern New Jersey, including the Shore points.
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport are United's largest hub airports. The airline's new flights will enable one-stop connecting service between Atlantic City and points throughout the Midwest and the western United States, Canada, Asia and Latin America.
Media interested in attending should RSVP to the Port Authority Media Relations Office at 609-382-4989.
Media covering the event should plan to arrive by 10 a.m., with parking available in the commercial lot across from the terminal. There will be a press entrance and sign-in by the flagpole in the front of the terminal.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.