A new charter flight and casino package is coming to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, this time targeting an East Coast gambling mecca: Atlantic City.
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, part of the MGM Resorts family of casino getaways, will offer charter flights to and from St. Petersburg-Clearwater on Sun Country Airlines. The resort is taking reservations before the first flight on July 1.
The service will operate a bit like Sun Country’s route between St. Pete-Clearwater and Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., home to another MGM property, the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. The Gulfport and Atlantic City flights are both on the same type of airplane, a 173-seat Boeing 737-800.
These packages operate a bit differently than normal flights. During the reservation process, Sun Country or casino representatives walk travelers through available flights and hotel packages, then they pick one that works for their schedule. For the Borgata service, for example, packages that include a charter flight, three nights and ground transportation will initially start at $553 per person.
The Borgata currently has flyaway packages from more than 25 cities as part of the casino’s MGM Direct charter flight program. This is the first one in Florida.
It’s the second new flight announcement at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in recent weeks. In late May, Allegiant Airlines said it would begin nonstop from Pinellas County to Bentonville, Ark., in July; and Provo, Utah in October. In April, Sun Country announced a new direct flight from St. Pete-Clearwater to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
The airport this week reported that passenger traffic in May was up 104 percent over May 2020, when many passengers stayed home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Service is down 20 percent from 2019.