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United to add three daily round-trip flights to Chicago

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Rochester International Airport
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Rochester International Airport passengers will have more daily flights to Chicago this summer, thanks to United Airlines.

Airport officials announced this morning that United will add three round-trip daily flights to Chicago O'Hare Airport, starting on June 8.

United's arrival is a boon for the airport, which has been trying to expand flights in recent years.

"The addition of this service will provide 150 new departing seats per day, which is a capacity increase of 35 percent for our community," stated airport Executive Director John Reed in the announcement of the new flights.

Adding more flights has been a goal, since Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative began. While the city of Rochester owns the airport, Mayo Clinic is contracted to manage it via its Rochester Airport Co.

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"Transportation to Rochester has emerged as a major theme in our destination planning for our patients and the community. Mayo Clinic established the airport in 1928 and has always bee one of its strongest supporters," stated Mayo Clinic's Medical Director of Public Affairs Dr. John T. Wald in the release announcing the new flights.

Rochester International Airport typically serves almost 240,000 passengers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin each year.

This follows American Airlines expanding its daily flights from four to five in 2015.

Of course, Rochester International also lost some flights in 2015, when Delta Air Lines pulled the plug on daily flights to Detroit, just seven months after introducing them with great fanfare and a press conference at the airport. Delta continued to offer daily flights to Minneapolis and Atlanta.

That was not the first time Delta has ended flights from Rochester to Detroit. It killed a similar service back in 2011.

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