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New nonstop flights to Atlantic City make gamblers — and a Houston billionaire — happy

New nonstop flights to Atlantic City make gamblers, billionaire happy

Atlantic City New Jersey Boardwalk with people
Nonstop flights to Atlantic City begin next April Fool's Day on United. Atlantic City New Jersey/Facebook

We're betting that Tilman Fertitta is a happy man today, since United Airlines announced new nonstop service between Houston and Atlantic City. Soon Texas gamblers will have a direct route to the Houston billionaire's recently-renovated Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in the New Jersey capital, as an alternative to Las Vegas, where Fertitta also owns a Golden Nugget.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and United CEO Jeff Smisek announced the service at a news conference at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday. Service is scheduled to start on April Fool's Day next year.

“I thank Gov. Christie for fostering a business-friendly climate that has enabled New Jersey to remain a critical hub for global aviation,” Smisek said in a statement. “United’s new Atlantic City service will drive business, tourism and economic development throughout the southern part of the state.”

The daily flights on a 50-seat Embraer jet operated by United Express carrier Express Jet will depart Houston daily at 7 p..m., arriving in Atlantic City at 11:20 p.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:49 a.m.