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Lakeland airport to get scheduled airline service

Scheduled airline service will return to Lakeland this summer.

Direct Air, a public charter airline based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., announced plans today to fly between Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and four destinations: Niagara Falls, N.Y., Hagerstown, Md., Springfield, Ill., and Myrtle Beach. The flights start June 23.

The airline is offering $79 one-way fares on the new route through Saturday on its website (

Lakeland's airport hasn't hosted scheduled airline service since the late 1970s.

From 2006 to 2007, air taxi operator DayJet provided limited flights.

In 2007, Direct Air launched flights from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls and Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. The airline left in May 2008 as fuel prices spiked.

Direct Air will fly the Lakeland routes with a Boeing 737-400 supplied by charter operator King Air, which moved its headquarters from California to Lakeland last year.

Steve Huettel can be reached at or (813) 226-3384.

Lakeland airport to get scheduled airline service 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:41pm]
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