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For Immediate Release:

Direct Air Announces Service to the “Orlando West” region of Florida and Myrtle Beach South Carolina from Hagerstown Regional Airport


Direct Air Media Relations
Kelsey Dunn
(843) 916-9700

(Hagerstown, MD — March 30th, 2011) Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced today it will begin providing jet service From Hagerstown Regional Airport to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in the Orlando west region of Florida and also non-stop service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina beginning June 23rd, 2011.

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying between these new markets a special introductory fare of “$79 for 79 Hours”. This promotion begins with the press conference on Wednesday, March 30th and will end Saturday, April 2nd at midnight. Direct Air will begin with two flights per week, Thursday and Sunday, beginning on June 23rd, 2011. Reservations can be booked at or by calling Direct Air’s Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Hagerstown Airport Director Phil Ridenour said, “For months now, residents of Washington County and the tri-state area have been asking for air service to popular destinations in Florida and Myrtle Beach. Now through many years of talks and our most recent negotiations with Direct Air, We have answered these requests not only with service to Florida but to Myrtle Beach as well. It's a great day for Hagerstown Regional Airport, Washington County and the citizens of the tri-state area.”

Stan Rydelek, Sales Director of Direct Air said “We are excited to be expanding our presence in Myrtle Beach and Central Florida with the introduction of Hagerstown service. We believe a long and very successful partnership with Hagerstown Regional Airport and the surrounding community will develop quickly as we work together to accomplish our common goals.”

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports.”

Ed Warneck, President of Direct Air believes the Lakeland Region will be attractive to travelers because of its strategic location situated between Orlando and Tampa / St. Petersburg on Florida’s west coast. Passengers will find it as convenient and an economical alternative to the busy and stressful larger airports in Orlando and Tampa. Myrtle Beach has always been a favorite vacation and golf destination to the residents and communities surrounding Hagerstown. The quick convenient one and a half hour flight will allow more time to enjoy their vacation.

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. The company is pleased to add Lakeland, FL, and Hagerstown, MD to its current markets: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ; Newark, N.J.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft

by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating. Direct Air is excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

Airfares are one way beginning at $99 each way and increase in increments based on availability. First Class seats are available for a $100 upgrade each way. Seat assignments in advance require a $10 purchase per person. There is an additional charge for baggage and surcharges may apply for excess/overweight checked baggage. A convenience fee of $15 each way will be accessed. Air fares do not include Federal Segment Fee of $3.50 per segment (A segment is defined as one take off and one landing), Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $4.50 and September 11th Security Fee of $3.70 per departure.

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