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Non-Stop Flights from Valley to Orlando Not Available Year-Round

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The non-stop flights from the Shenandoah Valley to Orlando will not be offered year-round. Frontier Airlines says it will make a "seasonal exit" in April, and the valley airport says it's up to the public to make sure they return.

The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave calls it an "incredible" response for the three-day-a-week jet service to the sunshine state.

Frontier Airlines says demand for the Florida flights is expected to drop-off after spring break. The Frontier service to Orlando began just before Thanksgiving. An airline spokesman said the low fares may require flights to run 90-percent full.

The valley says it's been close to that mark, and often sends out planes will 138 seats filled.  Now the airport's focus is showing there's enough demand to make the service seasonal.

"Once we have a full winter season to evaluate the numbers, they'll make a decision about a possible return in the fall. To this point the community support's been incredible. The flights have been very full if not full, and we're optimistic about a return in the fall season," said Greg Campbell.

Campbell says the Frontier flights saw a slight dip in passengers just after Thanksgiving, but since then has been building momentum. Friday's flight was nearly sold out.

The airport says ticket sales between now and April 7 will be critical,  as Frontier decides whether it makes business sense to return in the fall.  The simple message to potential flyers: If you don't want to lose the service, use the service.

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