Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Allegiant Air to start flights to New Orleans from Orlando, Indianapolis, other cities

Las Vegas-based airliner Allegiant will move into New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport next year, starting seasonal direct flights from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio and year-round flights to Orlando, the company announced Tuesday. 

The discount airliner is adding New Orleans to its lineup, which focuses on linking smaller cities to vacation destinations in Florida, California, Nevada and Hawaii. Flights will begin in February before Mardi Gras. 

"We are very excited to announce New Orleans as our newest destination city and to offer Allegiant travelers the option of vacationing in New Orleans for less," Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning, said in a news release. "With four routes and eight flights a week, we expect to bring a significant number of new visitors to experience all that NOLA has to offer."

Allegiant, founded in 1997, offers scheduled flights to 89 cities in the U.S. and chartered flights across North America. It operates a fleet of 56 MD-80 aircraft, six Boeing 757-200 aircraft, and two Airbus A319 aircraft.

Twice-weekly flights from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Orlando and Columbus begin Feb. 5. One-way fares start at $85 to the Midwestern cities and $45 to Orlando, the company said.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story reported the flights were to other cities. The flights are one-way inbound to New Orleans. 


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