American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has launched round-trip service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Watertown International Airport in Watertown, N.Y. The 12 round-trip flights per week will be operated with 44-seat Embraer jets.
“We’re pleased to introduce the first scheduled jet service to Watertown from our cornerstone hub in Chicago,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning and Marketing for American’s regional network.
“This schedule will allow customers from Jefferson County to make a day trip to Chicago for business or connect through this key international gateway to destinations throughout the American Airlines and oneworld® global network. We are especially eager to provide convenient air service for military personnel and other visitors traveling to and from the U.S. Army base at nearby Fort Drum.”
“This is great news for the development of both the economy and infrastructure in Jefferson County,” said Congressman Bill Owens. “With American Eagle now operating out of Watertown, the area will become even more attractive for businesses that are looking to relocate or expand, putting more New Yorkers back to work in the process.”
“Our ability to offer affordable nonstop jet service to Chicago O’Hare will greatly enhance our air traffic volume here in Watertown,” said Barry Ormbsy, Chairman, Airport Committee – Jefferson County Board of Legislators. “With the commencement of this important commercial service, Jefferson County has now met yet another of its many ambitious airport development goals and, in so doing, further enhanced economic development opportunities for our region.”
“We are so excited that American Eagle has made its way to our North Country airways, just in time forThanksgiving and Christmas flyers traveling to and from Watertown,” said Carolyn Fitzpatrick, Chairwoman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators. “This is an especially great opportunity for ourFort Drum soldiers and their families who already have a well-established flying history with American Airlines.”
Customers can earn double miles for travel between Watertown and Chicago for travel between Nov. 17 and Feb. 15, 2012 through the AAdvantage program. The AAdvantage program was established in 1981, the first of its kind, and now has more than 62 million members.
Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include more than 30 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car-rental companies, 10 financial companies, and over 350 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries.
In 2009, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 150 billion miles to claim more than 6.9 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals.