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HEBRON, Ky. -- Allegiant Air flights will soon fly out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), airport officials announced Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday, Allegiant Air flights will be available between CVG and Orlando/Sanford/Daytona Beach, Fla. (SFB). Flights will begin from CVG to Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers/Marco Island, Fla. (PGD) Friday.

A meeting was held Tuesday evening to celebrate the launch. Kenton County Airport Board members joined CVG officials, officials of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and other community and business leaders to celebrate.

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The first flight, scheduled for 2:05 p.m. is already sold out. However, regular flights will carry passengers to Florida twice per week.

Allegiant prides itself on affordable air travel. "Allegiant is currently offering intro fares as low as $79 one-way to Orlando and $95 one-way to Punta Gorda," said Allegiant Air spokesperson Melissa Wideman.

WCPO found those prices on Allegiant Air's website for flights to Orlando beginning on March 5, and even a rate as low as $66 on March 12. Rates to Punta Gorda were mostly between $115 and $136, but a flight on April 2 was found at $78, with another flight on March 31 at $94.

To check more flights from Allegiant, click here.

Lukas Johnson of Allegiant is excited for lower air fares out of CVG.

"It's going to be lowering airfares to the most popular destinations," he said. "It's going to be able to see friends and family more often, provide better competition to other fares and airports in the region."

Looking forward to changes is CVG CEO Candace McGraw.

"When you can get into the Florida market for $100 or less one way, that's a great airfare, and so I'm hopeful our passengers will take advantage of it and grow our passenger base."

"I think they've really recognized the issues facing them, and they've been really good reaching out, trying to get that community support bringing in new carriers that can lower fares," Johnson said.

Allegiant allows passengers to travel with one carry-on bag, while each additional bag will cost $50.

WCPO reporter Amy Wadas was at the kick-off event for Allegiant Air for this report.

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