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Business Observer Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010 8 years ago

Fly Punta Gorda to Grand Rapids

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Allegiant Air connects the Charlotte County Airport to western Michigan.

Updated Sept. 22

Allegiant Air announced plans to add three new nonstop destinations from the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda: Greensboro, N.C., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Lexington, Ky.

Currently, the Las Vegas-based discount airline flies twice-weekly nonstop jet service from Punta Gorda to Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., and Knoxville, Tenn., with more flights planned for the winter holidays.

Twice-weekly flights from Punta Gorda to Greensboro, N.C., will begin Nov. 18 with one-way introductory fares of $39.99. Also starting on Nov. 18, Allegiant will operate twice-a-week service to Grand Rapids for introductory one-way fares of $79.99, along with twice-a-week service to Lexington for introductory fares of $49.99.

The airline's expansion takes advantage of the low-cost model used by the Charlotte County Airport to attract business. That model was detailed in a July issue of the Business Review after the Punta Gorda airport saw 90% growth in peak passenger travel over the year.

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