Commercial flights start at Concord airport

Commercial flights start at Concord airport

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 10:03 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- History was made at Concord Regional Airport Friday morning as a commercial airline service began for the first time.

Allegiant Airlines Flight 638 touched down at 7:40 a.m.

"Were just real excited and were surprised to see that were the first flight here and surprised to see all the cameras and the people," said Eleanor Hauser, who was on that flight.

Well wishers applauded when it touched down and the Concord Fire Department gave a water cannon salute as it taxied to the gate.

"It's the first time I've flown Allegiant, and the plane was clean and everybody was friendly and so it was a good flight," said Judy Behrman, a passenger.

A high school band provided Christmas music for passengers inside the terminal, and there was a toy drive for the North Carolina Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This low cost carrier will fly to Orlando twice a week giving passengers the option of staying for a week or a weekend.

"It's great for us to come in and offer the region a lower cost flight that's very convenient to a vacation destination that everybody wants to go to," said Jessica Wheeler of Allegiant.

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