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January 18, 2014

Allegiant to end Plattsburgh-Las Vegas route

PLATTSBURGH — Allegiant will end its service between Plattsburgh and Las Vegas in mid-March.

Allegiant Public Relations Specialist Micah Lillard said company will discontinue its scheduled service from Plattsburgh International Airport to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on March 17. He said customers with reservations beyond that date will be contacted by Allegiant directly for a full refund.

“We are always disappointed to end service in a market. We thank Plattsburgh International Airport for their partnership and apologize to any travelers who are inconvenienced by this decision,” Lillard said by email. 

Plattsburgh International Airport Manager Chris Kreig said Allegiant officials informed him Wednesday night that the company will be ending its two weekly flights to McCarran International. 

Allegiant used Boeing 757 jets that could seat up to 233 passengers for the Las Vegas route. Kreig said the airport’s figures showed the flights averaged about 190 passengers each.

“From our vantage point, it was going pretty well,” he said.

‘HARD-NOSE DECISIONS’

Allegiant announced in September 2012 that it would start flights to Las Vegas. Those flights started Dec. 19 of that year. 

Kreig said the company said all along this was a test route and has now made a business decision based on the data from more than one year of flights.

“They know what routes are going well for them and what routes are underperforming,” he said.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said that while the service has done well, in the world of low-cost carriers, hard-nosed decisions are often made regarding where to use aircraft. 

“They have apprised us of their decision that the aircraft can be more profitable on other routes, probably shorter distances,” he said by email. 

“We will be encouraging other carriers to look at Las Vegas, and Allegiant continues to evaluate other future opportunities at Plattsburgh, including eventual international service to the Caribbean when the terminal expansion makes that possible.”

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