Mobile aviation history was made Wednesday.

The Mobile Downtown Airport officially opened at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley with the first flight landing and taking off.

Passengers starting arriving Wednesday morning preparing to board the flight, a Frontier Airlines flight to Chicago.

It was estimated about 100 people were on the flight.

They lined up at four ticket counters, went through the TSA checkpoint and into a holding area until the Frontier flight arrived from Chicago about 12:50 Wednesday afternoon.

The President of the Mobile Airport Authority, Chris Curry said, "We feel that the relocation of commercial service to the downtown airport will provide a significant boost to business and tourism growth. Businesses thrive when traveling options are plentiful and inexpensive."

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said, "This is one of the most significant things that will happen on this footprint, but its also one of the most significant things that's going to happen in the city and this region."

Jonathan Freed with Frontier Airlines said, "I'm proud to say that the plane that is going to pull up here today, an Airbus A320, was delivered to us right here, on this field, in Mobile on March 22nd. It is a brand new aircraft."

The mayor and airport officials hope the new downtown airport will attract people who normally fly out of Pensacola and Gulfport.

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