It was to celebrate the inaugural flight out of Akron-Canton to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston by way of United Airlines Inc. The refreshments and ribbon-cutting took some of the travelers off guard, said the airport’s president and CEO, Rick McQueen.
“A couple people didn’t realize it was the first flight,” McQueen said. “So they got cake and free coffee. It was a nice way to kick off a nice, new service.”
Forty-eight passengers boarded the 50-seat aircraft set to depart at 6:54 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and arrive in Houston at 8:55 a.m. Central Standard Time. Return flights leave Houston at 6:45 p.m. CST and arrive at Akron-Canton at 10:36 p.m. EST, McQueen said. As is tradition for a new flight, the aircraft passed under a water cannon salute as it taxied toward the runway.
Source: Business Journal Daily