Budget carrier Allegiant will add five new routes from Destin, part of a broader plan to establish a year-round base at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida’s Panhandle.
Allegiant’s new routes -- all seasonal -- begin in June. They'll add non-stop connections between Destin and Concord, N.C.; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Raleigh/Durham; and Bentonville/Fayetteville, Ark. (Scroll down for full schedule details.)
With the new service, Allegiant's schedule in Destin (airport code VPS) now includes either seasonal or year-round service to 21 destinations.
In addition, Allegiant said it would begin basing two of its Airbus jets at the airport on a year-round basis. Allegiant first began flying to Destin in 2016 with non-stop service to six destinations. Allegiant beefed up its presence there in 2017, designating Destin as one of its focus-city destinations amid further growth there. The company ran a seasonal base in Destin during the company’s 2017 summer schedule.
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Now, Allegiant says Destin will become its 14th year-round base.
"With a unique focus on leisure travelers, Allegiant flies all non-stop service built around an ‘out-and-back’ model whereby aircraft and crews return to base after a day of flying,” Allegiant said in a statement detailing its upgrade for Destin.
"The base will not only afford many more options when it comes to adding routes and expanding service, but will also give us the opportunity to contribute even more to the community and the state’s economy," Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher said in a statement.
Allegiant is one of the USA’s three big “ultra low-cost carriers” that – along with Frontier and Spirit – offer bargain base fares but charge extra for everything from carry-on bags to seat assignments.
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The company's business model has historically been built around offering non-stop flights from small and medium-sized markets to destinations that appeal to leisure fliers. Allegiant still serves numerous small markets like Grand Island, Neb., and Plattsburgh, N.Y, but it has increasingly been moving into bigger markets such as Newark, Baltimore, Austin, Cincinnati and New Orleans.
The company does not sell connecting itineraries, offering only non-stop flights to more than a dozen focus cities located mostly at leisure destinations.
Scroll down for the schedule information on Allegiant's newest routes from Destin:
Bentonville/Fayetteville, Ark. (Northwest Arkansas Regional): Two weekly flights begin June 6; seasonal service.
Concord, N.C.: Two weekly flights begin June 7; seasonal service.
Evansville, Ind.: Two weekly flights begin June 8; seasonal service.
Lexington, Ky.: Two weekly flights begin June 7; seasonal service.
Raleigh/Durham.: Two weekly flights begin June 8; seasonal service.
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