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Allegiant Air adds Punta Gorda destination from Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's official. It's Punta Gorda at least for the next destination starting October 30. 

Director of Aviation Dan Dickten says Punta Gorda is located midway between FT. Myers and Sarasota and is a much desired destination for northeast Ohio residents with ties to Southwest Florida.

"We've been after this destination now for approximately 2 years," says Dickten. 

The new non-stop flights will operate twice weekly with an introductory one-way fare of $89.

Dickten says Allegiant is looking to expand service to other cities, including points west such as Las Vegas and Ft. Lauderdale. 

Another goal for the airport is to move beyond vacation packages and focus on bringing back business travel.

Recent economic development such as the Vallourec expansion and the shale boom is drawing more attention to the Valley, but the lack of daily flight service is a drawback.

"We have other companies that are staying out of this area because we cannot provide that daily air service that we need," says Youngstown Air Partners president James Pirko. 

A survey conducted last year by the Regional Chamber of Commerce also supports the need for business travel air service.

"And we showed that the business community would spend probably $5.3 million a year out of this airport if there was daily service that meets their needs," says Eric Planey with the Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

 

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