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Moore County Rejoins 'Friendly Skies'

Posted March 23, 2006 8:30 a.m. EST

— One of North Carolina's biggest golf destinations is landing a big-time airline.

Delta Airlines announced Thursday that it is coming to Moore County. It's partner, ASA, starts servicing the Pinehurst area on June 22 with nonstop flights to and from Atlanta. They'll run seasonally, six days each week through November.

"This is an exciting day in Moore County," said Moore County Commissioner David Cummings. "This is something that we've been looking forward to, and we just couldn't be happier for Delta to be in Moore County."

Moore County ranks 11th in the state in visitor spending. Officials said tourists spend $300 million in the area each year.

US Airways used to fly in and out of Moore County, but stopped in 2002 as a result of too many complaints about lost baggage.

Delta said it doesn't plan to make the same mistake.

Airport officials say their facilities can handle the new service, but that they do plan to hire as many as five more customer service workers and will also increase security.