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There's never been a better time to fly Peoria. This year is starting out with three big bangs. First, the Airport Authority is excited about our new non-stop service to Las Vegas with Allegiant Air. Second, Delta Connection is offering exciting low fares to Florida and other fun markets. Third, the Eagle Prairie Air Show has announced the Blue Angels will be the main attraction for the River City Blue Air Show July 24 and 25.

Las Vegas isn't just for gamblers. Gambling is the ninth-rated reason travelers go to Las Vegas. Las Vegas has more than 90 golf courses, world class shopping and dining, and headliner entertainment. As if that isn't enough, Las Vegas averages 294 days of sunshine per year. Allegiant Air's inaugural flight is March 3. Flights are all-jet service, running every day except Saturdays and Tuesdays. You can purchase air fare only or a vacation package that includes air and hotel. Allegiant Air has partnered with 22 hotel properties to offer anything from a modest stay to the most luxurious Vegas hotel.

Delta Connection is providing great fares with great customer service and all-jet service from Peoria. The Bombardier CRJ regional jet is known for its quietness, comfort, and speed, with no middle seats. Now you can fly to Atlanta and beyond with ease at a great fare. Atlanta is a reliable and great location to connect to the rest of the world.

We're also pleased to announce the Blue Angels at this year's River City Blue Air Show. Air show proceeds support the Challenger Learning Center. Opening in December 2003, Challenger Learning Center is open to all central Illinois schools from the fourth to eighth grades; Washington Gifted School and Morton Junior High were among the first few schools to sign up for a mission. The Learning Center's mission is development of students' leadership, communication, and problem-solving and critical thinking skills while supporting state and national standards of improving science, math, and technology education. They also have corporate missions that work on leadership and team-building skills. So adults get to have fun, as well.

We hope you can take advantage of our low fares, great locations, and a fun-filled family weekend at the air show. IBI

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