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Updated: 11/14/2017 01:08:45PM

Long trips, short flights

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With the upcoming additions of Omaha, NE and St. Cloud, MN, Allegiant Airlines has 40 routes in and out of PGD. St. Cloud will be its longest flight from Punta Gorda.

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Allegiant Airlines started with one airplane and one route in 1999. Today, it has 80 aircraft serving 300 routes, and is adding its longest flights from Punta Gorda Airport in the coming weeks. St. Cloud, MN and Omaha, NE will bring the total to 40 destinations from Charlotte County.

Kenley Schmidt taking a morning run in Minnesota, just before Halloween last month. St. Cloud’s low last week was 8 degrees, or almost 80 degrees apart from Charlotte County's high. Punta Gorda Airport bottomed at 62 and reached 87, nine degrees above normal.
(Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

The days around Thanksgiving are traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Many attended the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce event held in the Bailey Terminal at the Punta Gorda Airport this summer. Even without chamber members there, the airport is a lot busier these days.

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The Bailey Terminal at Punta Gorda Airport.

An airliner approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport, which has the longest U.S. flight. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Wait times at airports generally take longer during the busy Thanksgiving travel season. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Wait times at airports generally take longer during the busy Thanksgiving travel season.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Allegiant at Punta Gorda Airport.

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Allegiant.

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James Parrish, CEO of Punta Gorda Airport, and Sandy Cauley, director of finance at the airport at the facility's 12-story-tall air control tower.

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Allegiant Airlines is adding its two longest flights out of Punta Gorda Airport this month and in December.

The two longest direct flights out of the United States take travelers here to Singapore. A look at its skyline. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Allegiant planes rest at Punta Gorda Airport.

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Allegiant passengers leaving Punta Gorda Airport.

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Punta Gorda Airport

Allegiant Airlines is launching its two longest flights out of Punta Gorda Airport Wednesday and in December. (AP Photo/David Becker)

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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With a lot of fanfare, United Airlines just started offering the nation’s longest non-stop trip, from Los Angeles to Singapore.

At the same time, Punta Gorda Airport quietly is setting its own milestone with the launching of St. Cloud, Minnesota as a destination.

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