PHOTO: MidAmerica Airport Director Tim Cantwell, left, and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern, right, look on as Lee Warren, director of planning for Allegiant, reveals Destin, Fla., as the airline’s newest destination to be served with direct flights from MidAmerica.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
MASCOUTAH — Allegiant today expanded its relationship with MidAmerica St. Louis airport by announcing new nonstop service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
The company is offering one-way fares to Destin for as low as $39. Fares are one way and not available on all flights, and they must be purchased by Jan. 13 for travel by Aug. 16, 2016.
“With this new service to Destin-Fort/Walton Beach, St. Louis area travelers can economically and easily enjoy the beautiful warm waters of the Gulf,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “This new destination is sure to be a hit with anyone looking for a great summer getaway to Florida’s northwest coast.”
The seasonal flights will operate twice weekly and will fly nonstop between MidAmerica, based in Mascoutah, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport beginning June 2, 2016, through Sept. 4, 2016. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.
“For this region, the gateway to Florida truly is via Allegiant and MidAmerica Airport,” said St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. “The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport route from MidAmerica gives residents of the Metro East and the entire St. Louis region the first-ever nonstop direct flight to Destin. With family-friendly airport access and Allegiant’s great service, you’re an hour and half away from the beach.”
Allegiant also provides what it calls low-cost, nonstop service from MidAmerica to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers/Punta Gorda.
Named the “Emerald Coast,” Destin/Fort Walton Beach is one of Florida’s fastest-growing beach destinations. Florida’s largest fishing fleet brings in fresh seafood daily to the area’s many eateries. Family-friendly attractions such as helicopter tours and harbor cruises will also keep visitors on the move. St. Louis travelers can book their entire vacation through Allegiant
The introductory one-way fares involve optional services and baggage fees, and there are other restrictions, spelled out on the website.