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 (visitdirectair.com).
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 email@example.com or (813) 226-3384.