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Gate celebration marks first flight of new commercial passenger service from Concord to Orlando

Allegiant now offers service to nine destinations across Florida and New Orleans, LA.
Allegiant now offers service to nine destinations across Florida and New Orleans, LA.(WBTV File)
Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:36 AM EST
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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - A gate celebration on Thursday marked the first flight in a new commercial passenger airline route from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport to Melbourne Orlando International Airport in Florida. Allegiant announced the new route in June.

As the City of Concord continues to grow, so too are Allegiant Air’s offerings to residents and visitors. The airline now offers service to nine destinations across Florida and New Orleans, LA. Allegiant is currently the only commercial airline providing flights out of Concord-Padgett.

“Well, this sort of complete the service to the Florida area for Allegiant Air coming out of Concord-Padgett Regional Airport,” said Concord Mayor Bill Dusch.  “It’s our 8th flight to Florida out of 9 total, we also have New Orleans.  This takes us southeast of the Orlando area so it sort of covers the state with places we go.”

Travel through Concord-Padgett Regional Airport continues to rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted air travel in 2020. In the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2021-2022, 80,185 passengers traveled through Concord-Padgett, an increase of 110% over the prior year’s first quarter.

Passengers waiting to board the flight on Thursday morning said they appreciated the shorter security lines and ease of parking in Concord.

“I like that it’s a smaller airport, there’s not as much hassle trying to get parked,” said Jeanette Hoyle ofSpruce Pine, “and it’s just really convenient.”

“We fly Allegiant pretty regularly,” Ronnie Mark of Blowing Rock added. “We usually go out of Asheville, sometimes out of Concord, so we just decided this would be the best time and the best place to go.”

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