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New partnership launches flights to Orlando and Charlotte from SHD

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Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 6:23 PM EDT
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UPDATE (10:20 a.m. Oct. 31):

Thanks to a new deal between Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and ViaAir, a regional air carrier service, commercial jets will soon be flying between the Shenandoah Valley and two major cities: Orlando and Charlotte.

According to an official announcement made at the Weyers Cave airport on Monday, flights through Silver Airlines have been dropped in order to take up the new flights through ViaAir.

If you want to fly to Orlando, those flights will begin in December, and run on Sundays and Wednesdays. Flights to Charlotte will begin on November 30.

Fares to Charlotte start at just $44 each way, and fares to Orlando start at just $99 each way.

"This is a major stride for our community," said Greg Campbell, SHD Executive Director.

Several local leaders, on the airports commission, were in attendance, including the Commissioner of the Revenue for Staunton. She says she's excited about the economic impact this could have on the region. She says this will open up the area more to the rest of the world.

Tickets for ViaAir flights, if you're interested, are on sale as of Monday, October 31.

You can head to the Related Links section to book a flight online right now.

WHSV's Jared Kline is at the airport and will have more info on the announcement in the News at 5 and 6 on Monday evening.

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ORIGINAL STORY (5:30 p.m. Oct. 25):

For the first time in decades, a commercial airliner will soon fly in and out of the Shenandoah Valley.

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved a deal between Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and regional airline service ViaAir last week.

S.H.D Exec. Dir. Greg Campbell said Tuesday the decision was made based on input from passengers.

"The current operator [...] has struggled from time to time. There's been some issues with reliability and left some folks disappointed," said Campbell. "Via's track record on operational performance is exceptional."

The airport will receive a new 50-seat jet that will travel 12 times a week to Charlotte Douglas Int'l. Airport in North Carolina. This will expand the number of connector flights available from 230 to nearly 700.

Campbell said SHD is expecting more passengers to take flights out of Weyers Cave.

"We do anticipate that this is going to be very popular with the consumer and that we'll see an uptick in traffic because of it," said Campbell. "We'll get you to Charlotte in the same amount of time it takes to get up to Dulles."

According to Campbell, the airport does not expect to make any infrastructure changes.

Tickets and pricing information will be made available next week.