FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bruce Carter-Director of Aviation, Quad City International Airport 309.757.1732
Paul Rumler-Chief Economic Development Officer & Executive VP, QC Chamber 563.823.2657
September 8, 2015
(Moline, IL/Quad Cities) The Quad City International Airport, in partnership with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, proudly announces daily nonstop service on United Airlines from the Quad Cities to Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (Code: IAD.) The first flight arrives from Washington, D.C. Sunday evening, Oct. 25, 2015. The first departure to Washington, D.C. is Monday morning, October 26th. Tickets are now available for purchase.
The daily United Express flight, operated by TransStates Airlines with 50-seat Embraer E145 aircraft, will depart Moline at 8:22 a.m. and arrive in Dulles at 11:42 a.m. The return flight departs Dulles at 10:02 p.m. and arrives at 11:21 p.m.
Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation says, “We would not be making this announcement today without support from the Quad Cities Chamber and local legislators who supported this effort. This service will benefit the entire region whether business or pleasure, to provide nonstop flights to the eastern United States and beyond.”
“Business travelers flying from Moline will enjoy the perfectly timed flights for meetings in the Washington, D.C. area and easy connections to business and leisure destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East,” said Heather Khoury, Senior Manager of Global Corporate Accounts, United Airlines.
The Quad City community and business leaders rallied in conjunction with the airport to develop a plan
to secure air service to Washington, D.C. as a result of conversations held between Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce delegates and Pentagon officials. During that visit, it was advised that nonstop air service is essential to the region for the Rock Island Arsenal. Approximately 10,000 passengers travel between the Quad Cities and Washington, D.C. annually. This flight provides an opportunity to make travel more efficient and reliable, and is intended to help retain local jobs by encouraging more business between East Coast companies, international entities and our region.
“Today’s announcement is a testament to our longstanding partnership with the airport authority, and their commitment to supporting key destinations that are important to the region,” says Tara Barney, President and CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “We’re here today celebrating the result of the collaborative effort of businesses, the airport authority, and government in supporting this important local priority. We thank our
Community for rallying to bring to the Quad Cities another asset to support the Rock Island Arsenal and our employment base.”