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Concord Regional sees first commercial passenger service begin Friday

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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -

Concord Regional Airport saw the arrival of its first commercial passenger service Friday morning.

Touchdown occurred at 7:40 am and the first flight into Concord was nearly full.

Many of the passengers felt like rock stars as they exited the plane.  They were quick to notice a group of television cameras and local dignitaries all focused on them.

"Ten minutes through Sanford," said a woman named Jenn.  She was the first passenger off of the plane. "We got here in an hour, came off, my luggage was handed to me, it was awesome"

Allegiant Air launched its new service from Concord to Orlando/Sanford International Airport with the arrival of the first flight from Orlando.

The new nonstop jet service has introductory fares as low as $49 one way, according to a news release from the airline.
 
The new flights will operate twice weekly between Concord Regional Airport (USA) and Orlando / Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.

Allegiant will be the first commercial service for Concord Regional Airport.

"It's a big deal because this is going to be creating economic impact for Cabarrus County," said Donna Carpenter of the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
This is already the state's fourth busiest airport.  There are private and corporate planes, NASCAR has a big presence.
 
The sounds of a local school band serenaded passengers showing up for the flight out with Christmas carols while the mayor greeted them.
 
A hangar was converted into a terminal with baggage check and security screening.
 
"We all worked hard to be able to make this happen," said Airport Director Rick Cloutier.

And being the first flight, each passenger got a goodie bag, with several items, including a small bottle of sunscreen.

There was one minor delay in getting that first flight out of Concord.   Turns out one passenger thought the plane was leaving from Charlotte, he had to hurry to Concord and sprint to the plane, but they held it for a couple minutes, he made it...and a short time later, the MD-80 got the traditional washdown from the fire department, and then took off, after making local aviation history.
 

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