Wilmington's newest airline took off for the first time from ILM on Friday afternoon. The flight was sold out. The airline, Allegiant air, offers direct flights from ILM to Orlando's Sanford airport. Flights are scheduled twice a week--Mondays and Fridays. Airport officials say there's been demand for such a service for years. Travelers said they were excited about the new service, and think it will make traveling to Florida a lot easier. “We would've actually rented a car, driven for I don't know what is it? Like 12 hours? And paid a lot of gas, spent an extra night on the way down. So, this was so easy,” said Beth Taylor, who lives in Wilmington. The flight was scheduled to leave at 2 p.m. The plane took off on time. Ticket prices start at around $59. Passengers flying to Orlando from Wilmington should know that they'll still have to do some driving. Orlando's Sanford airport is still thirty miles from the city and 50 miles from Disneyworld. Figure on around $100 for a cab ride.
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