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Summer flights to begin between State College and Atlanta
By: WJAC Web Staff
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Officials with the Centre County Airport Authority and University Park Airport have announced a new location for nonstop flights between the Centre region and a major U.S. airport.
Officials said in a release Monday that one weekly nonstop flight will be offered by Delta Airlines between University Park Airport and Hartsfield-Atlanta International airport between June 7 and Aug. 30. The flights will only happen on Saturdays.
Centre County Airport Director James Meyer said the flights are a direct response to flyer habits during the summer.
"Atlanta is a key destination for domestic flights from University Park Airport, with even greater demand during the summer months," Meyer said. "The new service will allow for easy connections to a wide variety of domestic cities, as well as many vacation destinations serviced by Delta's Latin and Caribbean flights, such as Belize, Guatemala, Mexico City and the gateway to the Turks and Cacaos."
The flights will be operated by ExpressJet and have 50 seats on each plane, officials said.
A check of flight prices on delta.com for June 7 showed one-way flights between State College and Atlanta were $151 each. Departure from State College was 6:45 a.m. with arrival in Atlanta at 8:55 a.m. The flight from Atlanta left at 7:45 p.m. and arrived in State College at 9:55 p.m.
Last month, the airport authority announced twice daily nonstop flights from University Park to Chicago, operated through United Airlines.
"Many factors go into an airline's decision to add new routes, and we're thrilled that Delta has scheduled this new nonstop destination for the busy summer months," said Bryan Rodgers, director of the University Park Airport.
Reservations for the flights are available immediately, officials said.