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Updated: 03/20/2018 12:49:39PM

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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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

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 at Punta Gorda Airport last year.

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Allegiant passengers leaving Punta Gorda Airport.

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Punta Gorda Airport

Allegiant Airlines. (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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