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Tyri Squyres, Director of Corporate Communications for Allegiant Air, said bookings have already been brisk.

Bookings have been great to date and have well exceeded our initial expectations. We don't release specific numbers, but this is the most successful announcement of Fort Lauderdale service to date, Squyres said.

We are seeing quite a good number of reservations from the Canadian side as well.

Douglas said he anticipates that the service will also be utilized by Floridians looking to escape the heat in Plattsburgh.

People from South Florida will want to come to the Adirondacks via Plattsburgh," he said.

According to an airport commissioned survey, 43 percent of Montreal travelers are already using U.S. airports on occasion as an alternative to Trudeau Airport in Montreal. The survey also said 82 percent would consider flying from Plattsburgh for vacation travel because of lower cost airfares, non-stop flights, free parking, easy highway access to the airport and skipping airport customs.

Allegiant Air will be flying the MD80 series 150 passenger jets in and out of Plattsburgh. The airline was founded in 1997 and is continually adding cities to its itinerary. It currently flies from 48 small cities to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix-Mesa. In 2006, the Allegiant Air issued stock on the NASDAQ exchange (ALGT). Its second quarter 2007 revenues totaled $88.9 million compared to $59.7 million in the comparable 2006 quarter. All its travel is ticketless. All fares are one-way and an overnight Saturday stay is never required. On board passengers pay for soft drinks and snacks. Its vacation division offers flight-hotel-rental car vacation packages at all its destinations. To make reservations go to www.allegiantair.com .

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