Casey urges airlines to consider LVIA

Published: Feb 08 2012 01:21:09 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 08 2012 05:35:26 PM EST

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is urging airlines to take another look at the Lehigh Valley.

Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, has written letters to Allegiant and Frontier airlines.

He's pushing Allegiant to add service at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Twp., Lehigh Co., and he wants Frontier to bring its service to the airport.

“Residents of the Lehigh Valley have a great resource in LVIA, but too often travelers are forced to make long trips to airports out of the region to find the cheapest flights on the best routes,” said Casey. “Bringing service to LVIA and expanding routes would give more options to Lehigh Valley residents and let the airlines tap into the third most populated metropolitan region of Pennsylvania."

Casey's letters come just a few weeks after AirTran announced it will leave LVIA in August as part of its purchase by Southwest Airlines.

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