By JOE LoTEMPLIO
---- — 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.”
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.
“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.
“We are unique in that no other airport north of Albany will offer non-stop flights to Vegas.”
Allegiant will house its aircraft at the airport.
Wheeler said the ground staff will undergo training to service the larger jets, but no new jobs are expected to be created at the airport by the new destination.
City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the flights to Las Vegas, a world-class resort known for its casinos and lavish entertainment, will fill a growing demand.
“This is another step in the right direction for Plattsburgh and the region,” he said.
“We continue to grow, and we look forward to even more announcements like this in the future.”
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ON THE WEB
Find more information on Allegiant flights to Las Vegas and vacation packages at allegiant.com or by calling (702) 505-8888.