Rock said his airport's primary passenger base extends from the Sutton area in the south northward to Washington, Pa., "but we hope to draw people from all directions."
Allegiant also offers flights to Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Myrtle Beach from Huntington's Tri-State Airport.
"We are pleased to bring affordable and convenient travel options to the residents of Clarksburg," Allegiant President Andrew C. Levy said in announcing the new nonstop Orlando route. "We are confident the north central West Virginia community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Orlando and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservations together through us."
Charleston's Yeager Airport has been trying to attract a carrier serving the Orlando area since AirTran dropped its Charleston-Orlando route in June of 2012 after it was bought by Southwest.
"We'll find out in late September or early October whether our Small Communities Air Service grant is approved, which would provide us with $750,000 in marketing support to attract a new Florida carrier," said Bryan Belcher, Yeager's marketing director.
Meanwhile, Belcher said, congratulations are in order for the North Central airport being able to secure its Orlando service.
"Any time an in-state airport has an announcement like this, it's a great accomplishment and good for the state," he said.
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