2012-03-05


Fitzgerald Announces New Nonstop Destination from Direct Air

Contact:Amie M. Downs, County
412-350-3711 office
412-327-3700 cell

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Direct Air will begin year-round nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida on May 18, 2012.

“I am thrilled to make the announcement of Direct Air’s new flight because it’s exciting for our region to add to the air service that is available here,” said Fitzgerald. Direct Air provides great fares and excellent service, and we have been working closely with the airline to encourage growth of its service from Pittsburgh. More and more airlines are recognizing the exceptional services and amenities available here and want to be a part of the growth and community in Allegheny County.”

Lakeland, the new destination for Pittsburgh travelers, is conveniently located in central-west Florida, 30 minutes from Tampa, with a similar drive-time from the most popular Orlando-area attractions. The nonstop flight service will be offered to Lakeland three times a week, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. The nonstop flights feature convenient departure and arrival times: Depart Pittsburgh International Airport at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday and arrive at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport at 2:45 p.m. Return flights to Pittsburgh will depart Lakeland at 7:30 a.m. on the same days, with arrival in Pittsburgh scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Fitzgerald noted that the Allegheny County Airport Authority and his administration have been working closely with Direct Air to encourage growth of its service from Pittsburgh. He encourages the region’s business and leisure travelers to take advantage of the flights. Florida is one of the region’s top travel markets, and Direct Air provides great fares and excellent service.

In June 2011, Direct Air inaugurated service to Lakeland as an alternative airport to both Tampa and Orlando International Airports. “Although scheduled service did not exist at Lakeland before Direct Air’s arrival, Lakeland Airport has quickly become one of our most high-volume destinations. Passengers from other markets immediately realized what a great destination Lakeland really was. We feel the timing is excellent for Direct Air to allow Pittsburgh travelers a chance to experience the advantages and benefits Lakeland has to offer,” said Ed Warneck, Direct Air Managing Partner.

Golfers frequenting Myrtle Beach and beach-sun enthusiasts will be equally pleased with Direct Air announcement of the return of nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach on Thursdays and Sundays, beginning March 18, 2012. Flights will increase to six flights per week and possibly more should the demand call for it. The summer service will be operated daily, Thursdays through Mondays, beginning on May 23, 2012, throughout the summer.

All Direct Air flights are Public Charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Xtra Airways and by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating. Flights can be booked today at World Wide Web Icon www.visitdirectair.com.

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