May 11, 2021

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Airlines offer Mainers more flight choices as they brace for busy summer

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Maine’s two largest airports are bracing for busy summers this year, the result of rising vaccination rates, pent-up demand for travel and the addition of several new flights.

Airlines have announced numerous new flights at both Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport this year that will run during the summer travel season. Bangor Airport has added flights to and from Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, while Portland will bring new service to and from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh and Tampa.

While the new flight offerings do not guarantee ticket sales, they are a sign of optimism in the airline industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also comes as many states in the U.S. begin to lift restrictions on businesses, though many activities and destinations popular with tourists remain closed or restricted.