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Falls runway work to cancel flights

Spirit Airlines will cancel 11 flights at Niagara Falls International Airport in May and June, due to a runway construction project.

Spirit said it will cancel its flights between Niagara Falls and Myrtle Beach, S.C., from May 15 to June 20, as well as flights between Niagara Falls and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from May 15 to June 30.

Spirit is contacting all customers with reservations during those periods. They will receive a full refund plus a $100 future travel voucher. As an alternative, customers may choose to change their reservation to a different city in the United States that Spirit serves. Spirit initially intended to keep flying at the Niagara Falls airport while the project was under way on the main runway by using a smaller runway. But after determining the alternative plan was not feasible, it canceled the 11 flights, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, a spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which runs the airport.

Allegiant Air had not scheduled any flights at the Niagara Falls airport during the period when work will be done on the main runway, Hartmayer said.

Separately, Spirit has announced it will increase its flight frequency from Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach this summer, once its service resumes at Niagara Falls. It will increase flights on that route from two to three flights per week from June 21 to Sept. 4.

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