May 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) A milestone day in St. Cloud's aviation history today as 42 passengers boarded the first flight on United Express Airlines to Chicago O'Hare Airport.
United will fly twice daily to O'Hare using 50-seat regional jets.
Mayor Dave Kleis spoke at a noon-hour ribbon-cutting in the terminal, telling the audience, "we now become an international hub in St. Cloud."
Bob White, Chairman of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, said the United Express service makes St. Cloud more "accessible." He says Interstate 94, "is an obstacle if not a barrier to commerce." White says, "access is a problem for us, but now we have it."
Sixth District Cogresswoman Michele Bachmann was among the passengers who arrived in St. Cloud Tuesday afternoon on the inaugural flight. She carried with her a sign that read, "St. Cloud or bust."
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