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September 27, 2012

Allegiant to offer non-stop flights to Vegas

 PLATTSBURGH — Allegiant Travel Co. is set to meet the growing demand for flights to Las Vegas from Plattsburgh, with service beginning Dec. 19.

“Las Vegas was the No. 1 requested destination from those here and in Canada,” Plattsburgh and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said at a news conference announcing the plan early Wednesday.

“We know this operation will be another success for both Allegiant and Plattsburgh.”

BIG JETS

Allegiant’s non-stop service from Plattsburgh International Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas will use Boeing 757 jets that seat 233 passengers.

Fares will be as low as $150 one way until Oct. 2.

Prices will go up after that, depending on demand and the time of year, Allegiant spokesperson Jessica Wheeler said.

Flights will head out of Plattsburgh on Mondays and Thursdays, at a time to be determined.

‘LUCRATIVE’

“The Plattsburgh market has been great for us, and we have a ton of Canadian travelers that wanted to go to Vegas,” Wheeler said.

“We see this as a lucrative market, and we are going to give it a shot.”

Allegiant, which is based in Las Vegas, has been operating direct flights between Plattsburgh and Florida since shortly after the airport opened in 2007. The direct flights have been immensely popular with travelers from Quebec.

Business at the airport, which is located on the former flightline of Plattsburgh Air Force Base, has grown so rapidly since opening that a major expansion will begin next spring.

SIGN OF GROWTH

Clinton County Legislator Robert Heins (R-Area 10, City of Plattsburgh), who chairs the county’s airport committee, said Allegiant’s decision to offer service to Las Vegas is another indication that the airport will continue to grow.

“When we opened in 2007, we knew we had a good market that would work, and it has worked, and we have to thank companies like Allegiant for that,” Heins said.

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