American Airlines Adds Summer Route to Chicago O’Hare


American Airlines Adds Summer Route from Fresno Yosemite International to Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Fresno, CA (March 1, 2021) – American Airlines plans to expand access between Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) and the Midwest with summer service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning June 3, through September 6, 2021.  Operated with a mainline aircraft, the once daily flight departs Fresno at 6:35 a.m. arriving in Chicago at 12:32 p.m. For travelers flying beyond Chicago, an early afternoon arrival offers convenient connections to American’s extensive network.

“Increasing frequency on existing routes, and the introduction of summer service to Chicago, expands American Airlines’ flight options for travelers when they are ready to make travel plans,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “We appreciate American’s established presence at Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the airline’s continued commitment to expand air service between California’s Central Valley and popular destinations desired by our region’s travelers.”

“American is excited to add once daily, nonstop seasonal service between our Chicago hub and Fresno Yosemite International Airport, complementing our existing service from Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “As customers once again embrace travel, the great outdoors are high on their list of summer destinations. This new flight not only offers customers with a gateway to Yosemite National Park, but also provides Central San Joaquin Valley residents with access to many one-stop connections across American’s network.”

American Airlines brings a second travel option between Fresno (FAT) and Chicago (ORD) operated with the Airbus A319 aircraft with seating for 128 passengers. ORD flight bookings on American are now available at and will operate as follows:


City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Fresno – Chicago 6:35 a.m. 12:32 p.m. Daily
Chicago – Fresno p.m. 10:40 p.m. Daily

Flight times are based on local times.

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Fresno Yosemite International Airport – Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is the largest driver in economic activity in the Central San Joaquin Valley with $928 million pre-pandemic of annual economic activity and 10,800 direct, induced and indirect jobs. Domestic and international carriers serving FAT offer Valley travelers daily nonstop flights to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara, León, Morelia and Mexico City, Mexico.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. No City of Fresno general funds are used to operate Fresno Yosemite International Airport or Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

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