Direct Air, a U.S. domestic charter airline service headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, plans to serve Lakeland in Florida and San Juan in Puerto Rico from northern New York State’s Plattsburgh International Airport from November.
Plattsburgh International Airport’s management says the airport is often referred to as “Montréal’s U.S. Airport”.
This is because Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) – located in Clinton County – says it is often preferred by Montréal-area travelers over Montréal’s expensive and congested airports for flights to U.S. destinations due to the fact that PBG is only one hour’s drive from Montréal.
Additionally, Canadians flying from PBG on flights to U.S. destinations don’t have to pay the high international fares and taxes they would face when taking transborder flights from Montréal’s own airports, according to Plattburgh International Airport.
From November 19, Direct Air will offer two flights per week – departing and returning on Wednesdays and Saturdays – to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (IATA code LAL, an airport which serves the Orlando area), with onward service to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.
“Current Direct Air flights from Plattsburgh have proven highly successful, and I am confident that these new destinations will be received by the traveling public just as enthusiastically. We will continue to work with Direct Air to address their needs as they step forward to increase service from our airport,” says James Langley, Jr., chairman of the Clinton County Legislature.
“The partners of Direct Air are excited to expand service to our newest Florida destination. We all agree that with the support of the community, together we will be able to establish Lakeland Linder as the preferred gateway to the Central Florida region,” says Ed Warneck, Direct Air’s president.
“This is another step forward for Plattsburgh International Airport, adding not only another Florida destination but onward service to Puerto Rico, which our Montréal friends have identified as one of the new destinations they would like to reach from here,” says Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that Direct Air and our other airlines continue to add service here is testament to the power of the market we have developed and the future opportunities we have, especially once we expand the terminal. Onward and upward for Montréal’s U.S. airport and air service development in the North Country.”
Direct Air’s flights are primarily operated on a sub-service basis by charter carriers Xtra Airways, which operates two 150-seat Boeing 737-400 for Direct Air; Sky King, which operates a 144-seat 737-400 for the charter service; Vision Airlines, which flies a 168-seat 737-800 for Direct Air; and Dynamic Airways, which uses a 150-seat McDonnell Douglas MD-88 for its Direct Air flights.
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