Waterloo Recognizes 5-Year Anniversary with American Airlines

City and Airport Officials will celebrate five years of scheduled service on American Airlines to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport April 3, 2017.

Keith Kaspari, Airport Director, provided comment, “On behalf of the City of Waterloo and the Airport staff, I would like to thank American Airlines for the excellent level of service provided to Cedar Valley passengers to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  From Chicago, Cedar Valley passengers can connect to any one of over 700 destinations for both domestic and/or international travel. Since April 3, 2012, when American started service at Waterloo and through calendar year 2016, American’s passenger numbers from Waterloo have increased 40%, or a solid annual average of 8%.”

In addition to the five-year anniversary, American Airlines will change the type of aircraft that serves the Waterloo market.  Airport officials were notified recently that American will serve Waterloo with the 50-seat Canadair regional jet operated by SkyWest Airlines beginning with the afternoon flight on April 4th. This replaces the 50-seat Embraer regional jet operated by Envoy Airlines that has served Waterloo for nearly five years.

Kaspari stated, “The Canadair regional jet is popular in serving smaller communities like Waterloo. Cedar Valley residents will be pleased with the change as it provides a 2-by-2 seating configuration, is very quiet, reports an increase in leg room with comfortable seating, and has an increase in cabin height for taller passengers as they board or deplane the aircraft.”