United Airlines returning to RDU

Jul. 4--DURHAM -- United Airlines will resume handling all its aircraft operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport this September. All United and United Express flights will operate from Terminal C.

In April, United began service to Denver using the Boeing 737-300. The flight signaled the re-emergence of United mainline service to the Research Triangle Park area.

United's return follows an October 2001 decision under which the airline formed a partnership with a regional carrier to provide United Express service to Chicago and Washington D.C.

Today, United offers 12 daily departures to Chicago, Washington Dulles and Denver using a mix of mainline and regional aircraft.

"United's return to RDU illustrates the airline's continued confidence in our community and the strong traveling market it is home to," said Teresa Damiano, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority's director of marketing. "Mainline service also directly benefits passengers by offering more seats and therefore more travel choices ."

Last spring, the airline replaced some of its regional jet service to Chicago O'Hare and Washington's Dulles airport with mainline service using Boeing 737s.

Today, United offers four United Express flights to Chicago and two United mainline flights daily. To Washington, the airline offers two mainline flights and three regional jet flights each day.

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