Ultimare Air Shuttle of Ohio will start round trip service from Washington, New York City, and other cities.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
May 03, 2019
Outer Banks Cape Lookout
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Blink and summer will be here. Thankfully, for many, booking that Outer Banks getaway just got a lot easier.

Starting May 18th, Ultimate Air Shuttle of Ohio will begin Saturday and Sunday flights to Currituck County Regional Airport (which is located about 45 minutes outside of Duck) from cities including Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, as The Virginian-Pilot originally reported.

The public charter flights will run through September 14th and run between $800 and $1,000 round trip. From Currituck, travelers can also take connecting flights to smaller regional airports.

While the flights may cost a pretty penny, they can add valuable beach hours back to your vacation as the Outer Banks are known for attracting substantial traffic in the summer: "Traffic on the five-lane highway through Currituck County and on N.C. 12 can back up for miles on a summer Saturday," writes Jeff Hampton in The Virginian-Pilot. "A drive to Ocracoke from Norfolk including catching a ferry can take five hours or more depending on waiting times."

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So go ahead and tell all your friends "up north" there's never been a better time to experience all that the majestic Outer Banks have to offer.

And for those driving to the region from local markets like Virginia or the Carolinas, we're hoping these new flights will ease up all the congestion on the road.

Safe travels, all — and see you on the beach.