Local student Michael Summers is a frequent traveler. He says a low-cost direct flight to Florida is just what is needed.
"I think it's great. It eliminates having to use a larger terminal like going through Atlanta, more direct flights straight to Florida, it's good for students," Summers said.
Summers and other locals can now travel directly from Burlington International to Orlando's Sanford Airport on Allegiant airlines. Allegiant also provides direct flights from nearby Plattsburgh airport to five Florida destinations. Is the new route in competition with that airport? "Not at all, this will be more of reinforcing our presence here in the Northeast. We are opening up a whole new market here in Burlington and no way at all will Plattsburgh service be affected," said the airline's Micah Lillard.
Although the flight was just announced Tuesday, you can already book your ticket online and be on your way by February 19th.
Each year Burlington boards almost five times the amount of passengers as Plattsburgh, which saw just under 140,000, according to the most recent FAA report. Other low-cost airlines like AirTran tried direct flights from Burlington to Florida back in 2008, but they discontinued that service after less than a year.
Allegiant officials say now is a great time to try again and with their strong presence in the Northeast they expect it to be successful.
Local traveler Michael Renfro thinks he knows some people who will want to take advantage of the new service. "It sounds useful because I always have to do connecting flights. Personally I don't do tropical, but my family loves tropical so they would take that in a heartbeat," he said.
Allegiant is offering introductory ticket prices starting at 66 dollars, but the cost will go up from there after a limited time.
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