by: Peter Daut Updated:
CONCORD, N.C. - Allegiant Air announced Tuesday morning that they will offer new flights in and out of Concord Regional Airport.
The airline had said for months that it wanted to add more destinations in Florida.
Starting in November, Allegiant Airlines will be offering nonstop flights twice a week from Concord to Tampa/St. Petersburg -- based on the success it's already had with flights to Orlando.
In December, Allegiant became the first scheduled commercial carrier to serve Concord when it operated its first flight to Orlando/Sanford.
Tampa Bay will now become the second destination served.
More than 20,000 passengers have flown in and out of Concord since Allegiant began operations. The company said growing demand is why it is now adding more flights.
Channel 9 spoke with one Concord man who said he lives near the airport and travels frequently to Florida for his job. He was thrilled by Tuesday's announcement.
"I think it's awesome. It's gonna be great," said Joe Carlo.
The airport said the added flights will allow it to add more jobs and improve services in Concord.