From Illinois Business Journal news services
MASCOUTAH — Allegiant air service today announced it is adding a Saturday flight as part of its expansion of nonstop service from St. Louis to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Allegiant earlier this month announced the Destin region as a new seasonal destination from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, with flights originally scheduled twice weekly. Flights will now be available three times weekly with the addition of the Saturday flight.
“Allegiant is very pleased with the St. Louis community’s overwhelmingly positive response to our brand new Destin/Fort Walton Beach flights,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant’s chief operating officer. “We’re excited to meet the demand and give travelers more opportunities to enjoy all that the Emerald Coast has to offer.”
The new seasonal flights will now depart three times weekly beginning June 2, 2016. The Thursday and Sunday flights will run until Sept. 4, 2016, and the new Saturday flight will run until Aug. 13, 2016.
“In line with St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern’s statement during last week’s unveiling of the new MidAmerica route to Destin / Fort Walton Beach, Allegiant is now experiencing very heavy sales demand from our region,” said Tim Cantwell, director, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. “We are extremely pleased our forecast was correct and that Allegiant is adding even more flights for our community to enjoy.”
Named the “Emerald Coast” for its scenery, Destin/Fort Walton Beach is one of Florida’s fastest-growing beach destinations.
Allegiant says it provides customers with low base fares averaging nearly half of the cost of the average domestic round-trip fare. Its business model has allowed the company to grow from one aircraft and one route just over a decade ago, to service in more than 100 communities nationwide.