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Charlotte County Airport

Charlotte County Airport
USGS aerial photo as of 6 January 1999
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCharlotte County Airport Authority (Charlotte County, Florida)
ServesCharlotte County, Florida
LocationCharlotte County, near Punta Gorda, Florida
Elevation8 m (26 ft)
Aircraft operations74743
Based aircraft295

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Charlotte County Airport is a public airport located 3 mi (4.8 km) southeast of the central business district of Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority.

Charlotte County Airport has mainly been used for deplanements of single engine and small jet aircraft, but has recently seen a heavy increase in schedule commercial airline service. The airport is home to the Florida International Air Show, an annual event which has featured various military demonstration teams, such as the United States Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the "Blue Angels"; the "U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds"; and the United States Army's "Sky Soldiers" (173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team) Cobra helicopter team.

Charlotte County Airport has serviced several commercial airline tenants throughout its existence, but saw no major commercial operations after the early 1980s in the aftermath of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Commercial operations again commenced at PGD in 2007 when both Skybus Airlines and DayJet began providing flights to and from the airport. Service by these airlines, however, proved to be temporary at best with Skybus and Dayjet ceasing operations on April 5th, 2008 and September 19th, 2008 (respectively).

Commercial service out of PGD once again resumed on November 22nd, 2008 when low-cost carrier Direct Air began twice weekly service to 10 destinations across the eastern US. On December 2, 2008 low-cost airline Allegiant Air also announced it would open a new focus city at PGD, and began service to Greenville, SC and Knoxville, TN on March 5, 2009. A third airline, Vision Airlines also commenced weekly flights to Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Destin on March 25, 2011. Vision has since allowed for ticketed flights from Punta Gorda to Atlanta, Savannah, and Asheville via the airline's Destin/Fort Walton Beach hub.

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