Allegiant Air Picks Up Where TransMeridian Airlines Left Off

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

From the shiny strip to the sunny scenery, Allegiant Air is at it again. Just weeks after announcing service to Las Vegas, the carrier today announces non-stop service to sunny Florida.

Grab your Mickey Mouse hats: Orlando is again a go to and from the Greater Rockford Airport.

"Airlines like Allegiant have had the benefit of looking at two years of activity at this airport and the passenger loads, and this is a place they think they want to be at," Airport Authority Chairman Mike Dunn said.

Wednesday, Allegiant Air and RFD leaders announced four weekly flights to and from the Orlando-Sanford Airport starting December 15. And the flights are downright affordable, starting out at just 59 bucks each way.

"The number of people who have to drive to O'Hare, it can be a big hassle, and by the time you pay for gas and parking, you could have flown on us twice," Allegiant Air Communications Director Tyri Squyres said.

But Allegiant won't just get you on the plane; it'll get you in the room once you touch down in Vegas or the Sunshine State.

"We have 18 hotel partners in Orlando. We have 30 in Las Vegas. We do such an enormous volume that we can really offer value for the entire package," Squyres said.
And Allegiant's Orlando announcement couldn't have come at a better time. Just a week ago, TransMeridian Airlines went bankrupt, taking their Florida destination off Rockford runways. But airport leaders say one airline's loss is quickly another airline's gain.

"It shows we are still growing, and that the airline industry has recognized that there is a quality market here, and this is a place that they want to be," RFD Deputy Director Derek Martin said.

You can book flights three ways on Allegiant Air. One, on the web at www.allegiantair.com. You can also book flights through a toll-free line. That number is 1-800-432-3810. Finally, you can grab a flight through your local travel agent.
The Rockford to Las Vegas flights begin on November 3.


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