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Austin lands new nonstop flights to the Windy City for summer travel

Southwest Airlines will be launching the service this June.

CULTUREMAP AUSTIN – Summertime travelers in Austin soon will have another way to blow into the Windy City.

Starting June 6, Southwest Airlines is adding seasonal nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Southwest already offers year-round service between Austin and Chicago Midway International Airport.

The airline says times and days for the Austin-to-O’Hare service may vary. A random search on the Southwest website shows a nonstop flight leaving Austin at 10:20 am June 9 and arriving at O’Hare at 1 pm. The following day, June 10, a nonstop departs O’Hare at 4 pm and arrives in Austin at 6:30 pm.

Other airlines that fly nonstop between Austin and O’Hare are American, Spirit, and United. Southwest is the only airline that flies year-round between Austin and Chicago Midway.

Chicago, the country’s third-largest city, ranks 10th on Mapquest’s list of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. New York City claims the No. 1 spot.

Last year, Chicago was voted the best large city in the U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. It was the fourth year in a row for the Windy City to earn this honor.

“This never-before-seen, four-time accomplishment is truly a testament to the resilience and rich diversity of our city,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says in a news release.

This story originally appeared in CultureMap Austin.

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