The Evansville Regional Airport says growing passenger demand has caused the need for another jet bridge. Officials including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke dedicated the new addition Thursday afternoon.
EVV says the bridge, which cost around $1.5 million, will be used for passengers on United’s nonstop flights to Chicago. It will allow United and Delta to secure their own gate positions. Marketing and Air Service Director Leslie Fella says "United’s traffic at EVV has increased, so this new jet bridge allows us to provide them the adequate space that is currently needed, while also positioning us for future air service growth."
The O’Hare International Airport flights were first announced in 2015. At the time, Winnecke said the estimated economic impact of the service would be $12 million.
Executive Director Doug Joest says "our region has been very supportive of Evansville Regional Airport and our new airlines and routes. So, in return, we want to provide a facility that allows for on-time arrivals and departures and overall efficient operations, and this new jet bridge is one of the ways that we can help do just that."
In addition to United, carriers at the airport include Allegiant, American and Delta. Officials say the new bridge will position the airport for future growth.
EVV now has five jet bridges, which can be adjusted to accommodate the Boeing 737 and other large commercial aircraft.