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North Central WV Airport Celebrates First Allegiant Air Flights

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In August the North Central West Virginia Airport announced a new non-stop flight service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

The first flights landed and took off from the airport on Thursday.

West Virginia-shaped cookies, pepperoni rolls, and other gifts gave the visitors a West Virginia welcome.

"West Virginia hospitality that's what we're about here. We know we don't have the biggest terminal in the world but we're very proud of what we do have and we wanted to let them know that we are appreciative and we want to earn their business. We want to bring them back and make them feel special when they came to our home state of West Virginia," explained Rick Rock, the airport director.

More than 80 passengers unloaded from the Allegiant Air flight that came from Orlando, including David Plausche, a Coco Beach, Florida resident who's originally from Parkersburg.

"It was a very good flight from take off to landing, and we're just happy to be back to West Virginia," said Plausche.

Plausche is just one of the more than 4,000 people who have bought tickets for the flights so far.

"We're sitting here at about 4,300 so far so we're very excited about that. We set some very lofty goals and I think the number I used was 5000 but we just wanted to have a goal to keep people going for and reach for the stars," said Rock.

The airport held a contest to send one lucky winner to Florida, all expenses paid. Amanda Gaughan was that lucky person and she found out she won Thursday morning.

"I really should have taken the contest more seriously and packed a bag because I had nothing packed. And then I thought I need to find a babysitter for my two kids," said Gaughan.

Rock said the airport's relationship with Allegiant Air is only growing.

"We're going to work hard and do the best we can and hopefully our community will respond with it. There are better days ahead," said Rock.

For more information on Allegiant Air's flights click here.

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