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For Immediate Release:

New Direct Jet Service to Lakeland Makes A Central Florida Vacation Even More Affordable


Central Florida Visitors and
Convention Bureau

(Lakeland, FL — May 5, 2011) Air travelers looking for convenient, low fares to Central Florida will soon have more choices when Direct Air begins commercial airline service to Lakeland, Florida on June 23. The Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will welcome flights from four cities this summer, including Myrtle Beach, SC; Niagara Falls, NY; Hagerstown, MD and Springfield, IL. Lakeland's Airport Director, Gene Conrad, reports Direct Air will begin service with 10 flights per week. Plattsburgh, NY and San Juan, Puerto Rico will be added to the schedule in November.

Ed Warneck, President of Direct Air believes the Lakeland region will be attractive to travelers because of its strategic location between Orlando and Tampa, and it will be a convenient and economical alternative to the busy and stressful larger airports in those surrounding cities.

“The Lakeland area is perfectly positioned for utilizing the hub and spoke concept. Make your home base one of a variety of hotels in the Lakeland area or select a vacation home from more than 6,000; plus, have a convenient short drive to major Central Florida attractions and the Gulf and Atlantic beaches,” says Mark Jackson, Director of the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau


Polk County is home to Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark located on one of the highest points in peninsular Florida; Fantasy of Flight, an aviation attraction featuring vintage aircraft; and the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. LEGOLAND© Florida is slated to open in October 2011, featuring more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.

To learn more about all the fun things to do in Central Florida and Polk County, go to or call 1-800-828-7655 to request a vacation planning guide.

About Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau:

The Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau is located in Polk County, Florida and specializes in helping visitors plan a fun-filled Central Florida vacation.

For more information about Direct Air’s schedules and ticketing go to or call 877-432-3473.

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