Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Charlotte County Airport Car Rental

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Here is some information about Charlotte County Airport from Wikipedia:
Charlotte County Airport (IATA: PGD) is located 3 mi (5 km) southeast of the central business district of Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. The airport is owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority.

Charlotte County Airport has mainly been used anywhere from deplanements of single engine planes to small jet aircraft and is home to the Florida International Air Show, an annual event which has featured various military demonstration teams, such as the United States Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the "Blue Angels"; the "U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds"; and the United States Army's "Sky Soldiers" (173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team) Cobra helicopter team.

The airport has serviced several commercial airline tenants throughout its existence, but saw no major commercial operations after the early 1980s in the aftermath of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Commercial operations again commenced at PGD in 2007 when both Skybus Airlines and DayJet began providing flights to and from the airport. The larger of the two airlines, Skybus, ceased operations on April 5, 2008, citing a lack of monetary capital to sustain further service. DayJet followed suit on September 19, 2008, citing similar reasons.

Beginning on November 22, 2008, Direct Air, operating brand new Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft from Sir Richard Branson's US airline venture Virgin America, initiated significant commercial service out of PGD, providing a total of eight flights a week from the airport.

On December 2, 2008 low-cost airline Allegiant Air announced it will open a new focus city at PGD. On March 5, 2009 Allegiant started service with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft to Greenville, SC and on the following day, March 6, began service to McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN. Allegiant offers 4 flights a week out of PGD: 2 to Knoxville, and 2 to Greenville.
Here are some of the major Airlines that service Charlotte County Airport:
  • Allegiant Air
  • Direct Air operated by Xtra Airways
Check out this video from a landing at Charlotte County Airport:

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