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Business Observer Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 3 months ago

Discount airline adding five new nonstop routes from Punta Gorda Airport

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The routes, scheduled to start in mid-November, will have fares as low as $49 for a one-way trip.

PUNTA GORDA — Those who wish to visit Southwest Florida will soon have a few additional options to travel to the region.

Allegiant, a Las Vegas-based discount airline company, announced via a news release Tuesday it is adding five new nonstop flights to Punta Gorda Airport. The five routes will be available to and from Charleston, S.C.; Elmira, N.Y.; Memphis, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We’re thrilled to announce such a major expansion in Southwest Florida,” says Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue, in a statement. “This beautiful area is one of the most sought-after Allegiant destinations, and now even more travelers can enjoy all it has to offer.”

The routes, scheduled to start in mid-November, will have fares as low as $49 for a one-way trip. The flights will operate twice weekly and are expected to bring nearly 29,000 passengers to the Punta Gorda area annually, contributing to visitor spending in the local economy, the release states.

“The addition of five new Allegiant destinations is outstanding news for our local community and economy,” says Charlotte County Airport Authority Chair Pamella Seay in a statement.

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