Monday, October 29, 2012

Muskegon County (KMKG), Michigan: Airport gets second charter flight after first sells out quickly

NORTON SHORES, MI – The relatively quick sellout of a special charter flight departing from the Muskegon County Airport has spurred another one.

Muskegon County Airport Marketing Director Dianne Hoofman announced Monday morning that a second travel package – featuring a direct charter flight from Muskegon to Laughlin, Nev., and a four-night stay at a casino hotel about 100 miles from Las Vegas – had been added following a successful sellout of a similar package three weeks ago.

The cost of this travel package, offered by Don Laughlin’s Riverside Hotel and Casino, is $340 per person based on double or triple occupancy. This package features one more night and is more expensive than the previous package sold earlier this month.

The trip is scheduled to depart Muskegon County Airport on Feb. 11 and return Feb. 15. The flight times have yet to be announced.

Hoofman credited the response to the previous charter flight, which sold out in days three weeks ago, for the second special charter flight being added. She said it has been several years since charter flights have departed from the Norton Shores airport.

“They are responding to demand,” Hoofman said. “That’s great news for us. Maybe other charters will look at us as a viable charter location as well.”

The travel package includes the round-trip, direct flight on Sun Country Airlines, airport and luggage transfers, and four nights at the hotel and casino. Those interested in the travel package should call a local travel agent for no extra fee or call the hotel tour desk at 1-800-227-3849.

The jet has a capacity of 160 passengers.

The special charter flights provide additional revenue for the Muskegon County Airport. In addition to passengers’ use of parking and the in-airport restaurant, the charter airline pays landing fees and, potentially, for fuel. Executive Air Transport also provides the ground handling for the flights.

“Our goal is to always bring awareness to Muskegon,” Hoofman said. “This just brings it to people’s minds. It’s a definite boost to us.”

Earlier this month, a three-night travel package to Laughlin was quickly scooped up by customers. The cost of that three-night package was $279 per person based on double and triple occupancy.

Story:   http://www.mlive.com

 http://www.airnav.com/airport/KMKG

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