RFD celebrates first flights to Destin

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- For Kelly Devyor, the Chicago Rockford International Airport has always been simple and easy.

“We love this airport," says Devyor. "We tell everyone about this airport, we really do.”

That is why she drives down from Madison to use it.

“It’s convenient and everyone is really nice and helpful,” says Devyor.

She now has one more reason to come to Rockford. RFD has added flights to Destin, Florida.

“I think that it’s fantastic,” says Devyor.

Devyor is not alone.

“It is definitely more convenient, it is a nice place to go. We are just really looking forward to it,” says traveler Mike Flanagan.

RFD says Florida is a hot spot for travelers in our area. Adding Destin will now give passengers a fourth option from the airport when heading to the sunshine state.

“There's a ton of people that are in this region that get to the panhandle,” says RFD Deputy Director Zach Oakley. “They either drive or connect through other large airports to get down there. This is a direct flight making it easier for people.”

Those who are traveling agree.

“I mean we haven't been in that area of Florida and the price was great so we are taking advantage of it,” says traveler Lyn Stoeker.

Departures and arrivals from Destin take off on Wednesdays and Saturdays until August. ​