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Charlottesville Albemarle Airport to Offer Direct Flights to Orlando

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Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) announced a new airline that will soon be taking off - and it's one with flights to a very popular destination.

Allegiant Air announced Tuesday that it is making Charlottesville its 99th airport nationwide - and to celebrate, the low-cost carrier is offering round-trip tickets for $99.

"That's actually one of the most requested destinations that we did not have previously," said Melinda Crawford, CHO executive director.

Crawford says the announcement is even more exciting when you consider the competition.

"There's 450 commercial airports across the country, every one of us are vying for flights," said Crawford.

Starting November 21, flights will go from CHO to Orlando Sanford International Airport on Thursdays and Sundays. It's a win-win for both travelers and Allegiant.      

"The Florida destination in particular has just been really strong over the last 12 months.  We continue to see a lot of strength there, so we're adding a lot of new cities," said Allegiant Travel Company President Andrew Levy.

Allegiant joins Delta, U.S. Airways, United, and American as part of the flight menu for Charlottesville flyers - and with the new low-cost carrier providing nonstop service, it saves time and money.

There's a special $99 rate for the Orlando flights - but it ends Thursday, August 22. To check flights to Orlando from CHO, click here.

Frontier Airlines also offered flights to Orlando out of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, but stopped last February. Those could come back, but no decision is expected until September.

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