Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Announces Non-Stop Jet Service to Orlando, Tampa Area

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Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport announces new non-stop air service to the Orlando and Tampa, Florida area on Direct Air, beginning Friday, June 24, 2011. Three weekly flights will operate on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Flights will depart Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) at 4:30 p.m. and arrive in Lakeland, Florida (LAL) at 8:00 p.m.

Ed Warneck, president of Direct Air stated, “Over the last three years, Springfield and the surrounding community have shown a tremendous amount of support for Direct Air. We’re adding the three weekly flights to the Orlando/Tampa, Florida area from Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, in part, because of this support. The seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Punta Gorda, Florida have been hugely successful, and we expect the same positive response to these new flights to Lakeland.”

As part of the announcement of this new destination, Direct Air is offering a special fare sale of $79 one way for 79 hours.* This fare special begins Wednesday, March 30th and ends Saturday, April 2nd at midnight. Upon the conclusion of this initial sale, fares will start at $99 one way. Flights can be booked online at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling 1-877-432-3473.

The three weekly flights will fly non-stop to Lakeland Airport (LAL) in Lakeland, Florida. The Lakeland, Florida area is home to a new Legoland® Discovery Center, set to open October, 2011.

Legoland® Discovery Centers are geared towards families with children ages 2 - 12 and include interactive, indoor exhibits for a complete hands-on learning and building experience. Lakeland is 47 miles from the popular destination of Orlando, Florida and can be easily accessed from Interstate Highway 4. The Orlando area is home to several major tourist attractions, which include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

Approximately 32 miles west of Lakeland, also along Interstate 4, is Tampa, Florida, another popular tourist destination. The Tampa area is home to Busch Gardens, the Seminole Hardrock Casino, Florida Aquarium and world class beaches.

“Florida has continually been a top destination for both business and leisure travelers from the Springfield area. Our community has responded well to the flights to Punta Gorda, Florida and we have a great relationship with Direct Air. We know there is demand for this route to Lakeland, Florida that will serve the entire Central Florida Region,” said Frank Vala, Chairman of the Springfield Airport Authority.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is currently served by three airlines. United and American Airlines provide daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and through April 30th, Direct Air offers twice weekly seasonal flights to Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda, Florida. Beginning April 5th, American Eagle will fly twice daily to Dallas/Ft. Worth and on May 26th Direct Air will resume its twice weekly seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“The staff and board members of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport continue to work hard to bring in additional air service for Springfield and central Illinois. We have aggressively promoted our destinations and the convenience our airport provides,” said Kari Selinger, Springfield Airport Authority Commissioner.

Selinger concluded, “Direct Air has responded with this new and unique route to Lakeland because of the support from our community. We expect these flights to be very popular and to regularly sell out as Lakeland will provide easy and affordable access to two very popular leisure destinations.”

Passengers on the flights to the Orlando/Tampa, Florida area will fly in the comfort of a 150-seat Boeing 737-400 jet aircraft operated by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class cabin and 138 Coach Class all-leather seats.

Direct Air flights to Lakeland, Florida from Springfield, Illinois begin Friday, June 24th with the following schedule. WEEKDAY DEPART LAL ARRIVE SPI FRI, SAT, MON 2:15 p.m. 3:45 p.m. WEEKDAY DEPART SPI ARRIVE LAL FRI, SAT, MON 4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. (All times local)

*Direct Air flights are Public Charters operated by XTRA Airways, Vision Airlines, Inc., Aviation Advantage/Sky King & Dynamic Airways. Advertised fares are one-way and include Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%. Fares do not include Flight Segment Tax of $3.70 per person per segment, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) of up to $4.50 per person, September 11th Security Fees of $2.50 per person, $5.00 Reservation Center Fee and $15.00 Convenience Fee per person per segment. $79 Fares must be purchased online or by calling 877-432-3473. $79 Fares are valid on new bookings only and may not be combined with any other promotions. See Operator Participant Agreement.

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