United Airlines

United Begins Flights to Chicago and Denver

Aug 2, 2017
Columbia Regional Airport

The partnership between United Airlines and Columbia Regional Airport kicked off Tuesday afternoon as passengers took the first United flight to Chicago. 

Beginning Tuesday, United is the second airline to service Columbia in addition to American Airlines. United will offer twice-daily flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and a daily flight to and from Denver International Airport. 

This is the first time United has flown from Columbia, said Steven Sapp, community relations director for the city of Columbia. 

 Video of Dr. David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines flight by security officials has been circulating on social media since April 9. A United spokesperson explained the situation shortly afterword, saying that the flight was overbooked and the airline needed seats for stand-by United employees. Dao was randomly selected, but refused to give up his seat, resulting in his removal from the plane.

Just when United Airlines couldn’t afford any more bad press, a customer is forcibly removed after refusing to deplane – and it’s caught on camera. Can the airline rebound and reclaim its reputation?

Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier-Journal: “Video shows man forcibly removed from United flight from Chicago to Louisville