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CONCORD, NC (Ken Elkins/Charlotte Business Journal) -
Concord Regional Airport will get its first scheduled air service just before Christmas, if all goes as planned.
Allegiant Travel Co. is scheduled to begin twice weekly service between Concord and Orlando, Fla., with a $99 round-trip fare.
"We are pleased to extend our affordable and convenient travel option to the residents of Concord," Andrew Levy, Allegiant president, says in a press release about the planned service.
It was just last week that Concord announced it was seeking a $250,000 federal grant to prepare the general aviation airport for passenger service. The application said the airport was considering service between Concord and several Florida cities and Las Vegas.
Allegiant included a letter in the grant application endorsing the idea.
Rick Cloutier, Concord Regional aviation director, says Concord's mayor and City Council have been pushing for passenger service.
"This takes the facility to the next level and provides a fantastic opportunity for air service to the community," Cloutier says in the Allegiant release.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant links small cities to key leisure destinations that include Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Orlando. The company operates 62 jets from nine airports around the country.
In December, the company will launch jet service between Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and southwest Florida for a $100 introductory fare each way.