American Airlines begins flights at Appleton airport

An American Airlines plane taxis at Appleton International Airport in Greenville July 5, 2017. (WLUK image)

GREENVILLE (WLUK) -- American Airlines has begun service to and from the Fox Valley.

The airport marked the occasion with a welcome celebration Wednesday afternoon. There was a ribbon-cutting and a water cannon salute for American Airlines' first flight from Appleton International Airport.

The carrier will be flying to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport twice a day.

Officials at the Outagamie County-owned say the ceremony was years in the making.

"This is the first time in 52-year history of the Appleton airport that we'll be serving American Airlines," Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson said. "So this is something that we've worked really hard for, we're very excited about this, we think that this is going to be a terrific investment on the part of American Airlines, as well as the entire community."

Airport director Abe Weber says the added flights will boost competition and help reduce costs for travelers.

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