By Jim Hilgen 12:38pm, July 1, 2013 - Updated 3:07pm, July 1, 2013
WDEL's Jim Hilgen has the story.Observing an airport tradition, fire engines "christened" the maiden flight with crossed streams of water.
Passengers began filing into the terminal before 6 a.m., and things flowed smoothly as they worked through check-in and security screening.
Jerome Ivy of Chicago was visiting family in Wilmington. He was returning home from New Castle after flying in through Philadelphia.
"This is the perfect airport for me. If I could go to one like this every time, I would do it," says Ivy.
Felicia Newman of Media, PA lives just 20 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport, but she chose to fly out of New Castle because...
"Because of the free parking and the fact that the traffic was unbelievable, you don't have to deal with 95, it's amazing. I'm thrilled beyond words," Newman says.
Teresa Wordelmann from Gloucester County, New Jersey was going to Chicago with her two daughters.
She has flown Frontier out of Trenton in the past, but enjoyed the New Castle experience.
"It's bigger than the Trenton airport, so if I had to pick one or the other it would probably be here, the parking is really easy, it wasn't hard to get here. It was fine," says Wordelmann.
Lynelle Fitzmeyer came down from Chester County, PA. Overall, she says itâ€™s been worth the drive.
"Parking is great, no cost. Checking in was a little glitchy because their computer system didn't work last night for online check-in, but otherwise we're through the line and we're ready to go," Fitzmeyer says.
The flight, scheduled to take off at 7:30 a.m., was delayed due to a computer problem, but eventually all 168 passengers got on their way to Chicago.
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