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Syracuse airport adds another direct flight to Florida

Ellen Abbott
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Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport is kicking off one of its busiest seasons of the year with a new direct flight to Florida. Allegiant Airlines will start flying to Florida on Friday.

Allegiant Airlines will be flying non-stop twice a week from Syracuse to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Airport Executive Director Christina Callahan says it’s a good time to kick off the flight, because this is the time of year the airport sees a lot of action.

“February, March and April are definitely our peak months during the year, just because of the number of school breaks,” Callahan says. “When you have two or three inches of snow falling per hour and temperatures in the single digits -- it’s time to head south for a week.”

Callahan says there are currently direct flights from Syracuse to three destinations in Florida: Orlando, Saint Petersburg, and Fort Lauderdale. Callahan says these are very popular flights and she hopes evidence of this business can help leverage more direct flights from Syracuse to the Sunshine State.

“We’re hopeful that as the demand continues to grow the airlines will adjust their capacity to meet that demand. Other than that, the connecting service is there. It’s good, but I know everyone wants to get to their destination, non-stop, as quickly as possible,” Callahan says.

Callahan says the airport continues to court airlines to add business in Syracuse, most recently using statistics that show an increasing number of Canadians flying out of Hancock.