My bags are packed and I'm ready to go

PLATTSBURGH State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward undoubtedly expressed the sentiments of the many in the large crowd of government and business leaders present at a Sept. 5 news conference when she closed her remarks saying, My bags are packed and Im ready to go!

The community leaders gathered to hear the announcement that beginning Nov. 16 Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas based, low-cost airline focusing on transporting tourists from small cities, will provide twice a week direct flights to and from Plattsburgh International Airport and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Every Tuesday and Friday flights will depart Fort Lauderdale at 1:55 p.m., arrive in Plattsburgh at 5:25 p.m., depart Plattsburgh at 6 p.m. and arrive in Florida at 9:20 p.m. Allegiant Air is celebrating the Plattsburgh service with an introductory one-way fare as low as $79. These tickets must be purchased by Sept. 29, 2007 for travel through Feb. 10, 2008. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares will range from $99 to $250. Ft. Lauderdale is well known for its beautiful beaches, inland waterways and as a major cruise ship departure point.

Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce said, Allegiant is the first airline we approached last year because they are already successful at border airports such as Bellingham, Washington and truly understand the outstanding opportunity at Plattsburgh. With Fort Lauderdale identified in our surveys as the number one destination Montr顬ers hoped to reach from Plattsburgh, we know Allegiant will not only be successful here but will develop additional flights and destinations over the next few years.

Allegiant Airs Director of Marketing and Sales Eric Woodson said, If the Ft. Lauderdale route is as successful as we hope, St. Petersburg, Orlando and Las Vegas would be logical service extensions. The importance of Montreal in the airports future was highlighted when Clinton Country Legislators Celine Paquette and Samuel Trombley spoke French when they addressed the press conference, which included Montreal media representatives.

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