AUDIO: Destination Orlando!

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Dec 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Air travelers now have another option when flying out of St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Allegiant Airlines launched non-stop service to Sanford Interanational Airport in Orlando Wednesday. The first flight departed Wednesday morning.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis was on the inaugural flight. He cut the ribbon at the gate allowing passengers to begin the process of going through the TSA screening process. Kleis says he'll meet with the mayor of St. Cloud, Florida while he's in the Orlando area.

Airport Manager Bill Towle says it shows the airport is in "growth mode," and he says it will attract the attention of other airlines looking to expand into new markets. 

Allegiant began service from St. Cloud to Phoenix-Mesa on December 15, 2012, and in that time, more than 27,000 passengers have passed through St. Cloud Regional Airport. Towle says if the Orlando service is a hit, he can see Allegiant adding even more leisure travel destinations out of St. Cloud--namely Las Vegas. 

Towle says the primary goal remains attracting daily, non-stop jet service to Chicago. 

Towle says St. Cloud Regional Airport is in growth mode

Towle thinks more leisure travel destinations could be added

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