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March 26 2009 12:00 AM
The Capital Region International Airport will have a new carrier for nonstop flights to Newark, N.J., and Baltimore and may have another for Wisconsin.

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Air Azul will offer flights to Baltimore and Newark — which serves New York City — from Lansing starting June 2, according to the airline’s Web site.

A second carrier, MetJet, is trying to set up a service from Lansing to the Wisconsin Dells resort, according to the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper.

Airport representatives could not be reached. However, a representative at Azul’s headquarters said that company officials were in Lansing today.

Right now, you can book a flight to either Newark Baltimore for June on Azul’s Web site, www.airazul.com. Fares begin at $59 each way.

A reservationist for Azul says there will be three flights a week to and from each city — one a day on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Flights are nonstop.

The flights to Newark will leave at 2:30 p.m., with the return departure at 7 a.m. Flights to and from Newark are one hour and 50 minutes.

Flights to Baltimore will leave at 9:30 a.m. and return at noon and will take an hour and a half each way.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, MetJet founder Michael Heisman wants to bring flights to the Wisconsin Dells from Lansing, St. Louis, Traverse City, Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa.

"The Dells is really a gem," Heisman told the Wisconsin State Journal. "It could be a real prime tourist destination for those that live in Michigan and markets that are outside the traditional tourist base."

However, the newspaper notes that Heisman is still seeking funding for his MetJet, and would have to expand operations at the Baraboo-Dells Airport. Heisman’s MetJet would use charter aircraft.

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