Good news for local residents looking for a direct flight to sunny weather: Allegiant Air has extended its contract with the Benedum Airport Authority to offer flights to Orlando until at least next August of next year.
Airport Authority President Ron Watson said the airline made the decision based on community interest and current ridership and reservation trends.
Watson said those flights have helped the airport reach its goal of 10,000 enplanements, or people who fly out of the airport.
Also at the meeting: the authority voted to reimburse the Federal Aviation Administration for extended tower operations during the hours accommodating Big 12 teams flying in and out of the airport.
"The immediate need is for basketball season, so if it's a late game, 9 o'clock, the tower would normally be closed at 11 o'clock. We want to be able to have all the resources we can locally so they can have a safe departure when they come in and out," said airport director Rick Rock.
Allegiant Air is also teaming up with the airport for a holiday toy drive. Anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy to the Allegiant counter in the terminal can enter to win a round trip for two to Orlando.
Toys will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
You have until 8 p.m. on Friday to make a donation.
You can help the Make-A-Wish foundation even further:"like" the North Central West Virginia Airport's Facebook page for more information.