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Jul 29, 2008 22:49:11
Jul 29, 2008 22:49:10
Roundtrip flights to Orlando from Westmoreland draw interest
May 29, 2007 11:25:56
Although this video was not shot at The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, the Blue Angels have made appearances here in Latrobe and will hopefully do so again soon!

Charter interest takes off at Arnold Palmer Regional AirportBy Patti Dobranski
Friday, May 25, 2007 The crowd of nearly 400 Disney fans and travelers who turned out at an open house Thursday night at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport made it clear there is considerable interest in Boscov's Travel's first nonstop charter flight to Orlando, Fla., scheduled for December. Airport Manager Gabe Monzo couldn't have been happier yesterday. He scurried around the airport lobby greeting visitors, answering questions or arranging a succession of tours of the Unity facility. "This is wonderful," he said. "We had people waiting outside to get in 20 minutes before we opened at 6 p.m.”
Pat Cinfici, president of Reading-based Boscov's Travel, shared Monzo's enthusiasm. "If we are successful with this, it will be the beginning of even more," she said. "This is a nice community and a wonderful airport. A lot of people are interested in this." Boscov's Travel was founded in 1974 by the former owners of Boscov's Department Store and is a 26-branch travel management company with locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Maryland. In March, the Westmoreland County Airport Authority approached Boscov's Travel about offering round-trip packages to Orlando using chartered Southwest Airlines 737s. As of last night, Monzo said 30 of the 135 available seats for the maiden excursion were booked. Guests were invited to enter a drawing to win a trip for four to Orlando on the Dec. 9 flight valued at $2,500. Among the crowd attending last night's open house were Disney fans Lisa and Greg Sullenberger, of Ligonier. "We have been to Disney 10 or 12 times and would like to go again. We got married there," said Lisa Sullenberger, as her husband flashed a cell phone photo of himself and his bride with Mickey Mouse. Sheila Thompson, of Latrobe, who has traveled to Orlando, said she was investigating for her son and his family. "We're getting some information for them. It's a great vacation because I get to feel like a kid again," she said. Maria and Vince Neal, of Harrison City, self-described world travelers, said they used Arnold Palmer Airport last year to begin their journey to Singapore.

"We travel a lot, so we wanted to find out more information. This is a great location, and the parking is free. It's much easier than traveling to Pittsburgh," Maria Neal said.

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