Allegiant Airlines’ direct flight from Punta Gorda to Nashville will start Thursday.
In March, the Punta Gorda Airport announced the nonstop flight would begin June 7.
The new year-round route will operate at least twice weekly from Nashville International Airport. Allegiant is offering one-way fares from $48.
The new route will bring in an estimated 20,000 additional visitors to the area. The Punta Gorda Airport sees around 1.3 million visitors annually.
Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday that Florida welcomed an all-time record of more than 33 million visitors in the first quarter of 2018, which is up almost eight percent from 2017.
Additional reporting by Bo Evans and Brittany Muller