PHOTO FROM LEFT: Tim Cantwell, director, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and Daniel Meier, manager of airports for Allegiant, unveil the Fort Myers/Punta Gorda service on Thursday.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
MASCOUTAH — Allegiant airlines today added another destination from St. Louis MidAmerica Airport, nonstop service to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda in southwest Florida.
The company is offering one-way fares to Fort Myers for an introductory cost as low as $52.
“We’re pleased to announce Fort Myers as a new destination for St. Louis travelers, just two weeks after launching our newest flights from MidAmerica,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “We look forward to continued success in the St. Louis area and to providing more low-cost, nonstop service to southwest Florida — just in time for baseball’s spring training season.”
The nonstop flights will operate twice weekly between St. Louis MidAmerica Airport and Punta Gorda Airport beginning Feb. 18, 2016. Flight days, times and fares can be found at Allegiant.com.
Fort Myers will be the fourth destination from St. Louis served by Allegiant, adding to existing service to Tampa/St. Pete, Orlando/Sanford and Las Vegas.
“As Allegiant continues to grow its presence here at St. Louis MidAmerica Airport, we’re thrilled to be able to offer direct flights to another popular Florida destination,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. “Whether travelers from throughout the bi-state St. Louis area are headed to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa or now Fort Myers, they will appreciate no lines and free parking along with Allegiant’s great low fares as part of their hassle-free experience of flying directly from MidAmerica.”
Allegiant touts low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. The business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to providing what it calls convenient, affordable service in more than 100 communities nationwide, the company said.
About the one-way fares
The price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. They must be purchased by Nov. 23, 2015, for travel by Aug. 17, 2016. Additional restrictions may apply.