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Rochester is getting some more flights to and from Chicago

The airline is adding three daily services to and from Chicago.

Good news for Rochester travelers – United Airlines is giving you another option to fly to Chicago.

The airline announced Monday that starting June 8, it will start three daily flights to and from Rochester International Airport and Chicago O'Hare.

Flights will depart Rochester at 5:35 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:03 p.m., while flights from Chicago leave at 9:20 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., according to the Rochester Airport website.

Airport executive director John Reed said the new flights will add an extra 150 departing seats a day, increasing the airport's capacity by 35 percent.

As well as access to Chicago, it also gives Rochester residents the chance to connect with other United flights from one of its main hubs, meaning a short hop to the Windy City lets you get on a flight to pretty much every corner of the globe.

The link with Rochester meanwhile gives outsiders easier access to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, and the extra flights are being touted as a "major step" in the clinic's ongoing expansion as part of its Destination Medical Center program.

"Transportation to Rochester has emerged as a major theme in our destination planning for our patients and the community. Mayo Clinic established the airport in 1928 and has always been one of its strongest supporters," said Dr. John T. Wald, the clinic’s medical director of public affairs, in the press release.

The Chicago Tribune reports Rochester is one of several new routes announced by United on Monday, with the airline attempting to boost its market share among domestic hubs.

American Airlines currently operates three daily nonstop flights between Rochester and Chicago. The only other routes from Rochester are the Delta-run services to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Atlanta.

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