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Flights to Myrtle Beach from NCWV Airport start Friday

By Zach Tuggle

The Exponent Telegraph

BRIDGEPORT — Today is a special day for the North Central West Virginia Airport: A commercial airplane will take off at 7 p.m. and fly directly to Myrtle Beach.

“We’re certainly excited about it,” said Rick Rock, director of the airport. “It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time.”

Flights between the two cities will take place every Monday and Friday from today until Aug. 17, and are offered by Allegiant. Rock said the flight takes about one hour to complete.

“It saves you a lot of precious time,” Rock said. “Direct flights are one thing our community has been looking for for a long time.”

“There are 14 seats left on the first flight,” Rock said. “So by (today), we should be pretty close to capacity.”

Allegiant is flying to Myrtle Beach from four other cities this summer during the company’s test period of offering transportation to the city, according to Brandon Myers, public relations specialist with the airline.

“We have every intention of resuming the flight next year,” Myers said. “But this is the first season, so we will see how the community responds to it.”

Myers said every flight with the Allegiant network is nonstop.
“We believe adding convenience to low cost is a great way to travel,” Myers said.

Today also will see the airport’s official unveiling of its remodeled terminal. Free refreshments will be provided to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will begin at 3 p.m.

“We want everybody to come out,” Rock said. “They can see the progress we’ve made and see how nice the facility looks.”

Read more news from the region at theet.com

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