A commercial airline flew in to Concord Regional Airport for the first time on Friday, the next chapter for an airport that has long thrived on NASCAR-related traffic.
Allegiant Airlines Flight 638 came in from Orlando-Sanford International Airport with about 120 passengers at 7:40 a.m., greeted with a water cannon salute. City officials celebrated before about 150 passengers made the return trip to Florida.
The flights were the first commercial travel the 20-year-old airport has seen. Concord Regional Airport has been the states fourth busiest, with private planes and charter flights.
To handle commercial traffic, the airport converted an old hangar into an area for passenger ticketing, security, boarding and baggage claim.
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