Falls airport getting new route
Author: Brian Connolly
WHEATFIELD — A charter air company that runs regular jet service from Niagara Falls International Airport will add a fourth route to Palm Beach, Fla., in November.
Officials from Direct Air plan to announce the new flights at 2 p.m. today at the Niagara Falls airport.
The company, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., plans to add three flights a week from Niagara Falls to Palm Beach aboard a Boeing 737-400 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 18.
To mark the announcement, Direct Air will offer discounted flights to Palm Beach for $79 each way for 79 hours starting at 2 p.m. today through Monday through its Web site, www.visitdirectair.com.
Direct Air began offering flights from Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach in March 2007 and later added flights from the airport to to other Florida destinations: Port Charlotte Airport in Punta Gorda, and Melbourne International Airport.
Since then, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has opened a new $31.6 million terminal with the hope of attracting additional airlines to the airport.
A second public charter service, Rainbow International, began offering daily flights to Newark from Niagara Falls on July 2.
“We’re continuing to have conversations with additional airlines with the hope that we can entice them to come to Niagara Falls,” said C. Douglas Hartmayer, NFTA spokesman. “It’s an ongoing process.”
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