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Deal for Jackson-Orlando flights in works with Allegiant

airplane-landing_rgbLow-cost carrier Allegiant Air would give Jackson two direct flights a week to and from Orlando under an agreement approved Monday by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and contingent on a U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy.

Flights offered by the Nevada-based commercial and charter airline would land at Orlando/Sanford International, a small airport in the Central Florida city of Sanford about 15 miles north of Orlando.

Access to Orlando and its theme parks is made easier through a toll expressway that rings the entire metro area, including Sanford.

Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International lost direct service to Orlando with the June departure of Southwest Airlines.

The duration of the service will hinge on passenger levels to and from Jackson, said Dirk Vanderleest, Airport Au8thority CEO.

“If they like it, they will stay if not they pull out,” he said.

He emphasized the Small Community Air Service Development Grants approval is “not firm,” though airport officials previously have voiced confidence the U.S. DOT will approve the grant designed to meet air transportation needs of under-served airports.

The grant is the same one by which the airport gained service to New York City. “We feel fairly confident that we will be equally successful this year,” airport spokesman Gene Moore said.


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