UPDATE: Allegiant Air Adding CVG Flights To Florida, Phoenix
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted at 11:10 a.m.:
It’s been made official. Allegiant Air will soon offer even more flights out of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
In a Tuesday morning press conference at the airport in Hebron, the budget-conscious airline announced new, nonstop jet service from CVG to Fort Lauderdale will begin on October 9 and operate four times each week. Twice weekly nonstops to Phoenix will start on November 12.
Also, Allegiant Air’s president and COO Andrew C. Levy said the carrier will bring additional weekly flights to Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Punta Gorda in Florida. The fares are as low as $81 one way as part of a flight and hotel package.
“Since we began operating in Cincinnati earlier this year, the community has shown an overwhelming appetite for access to affordable vacation travel. We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to these new destinations and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together,” Levy said.
The announcement will more than double Allegiant’s flights at CVG, increasing from seven weekly to 18 serving six destinations. The first flights were to Orlando starting this past January. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was added later.
“As the fastest growing market in Allegiant’s 15 year history, the success at CVG would not be possible without the immense support from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community,” said CVG CEO Candace McGraw.
Original story posted at 6:26 a.m.:
(Hebron, Ky.) – Big plans are in the works for one airline at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Allegiant Air will announce Tuesday a major expansion, including nonstop flights to Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. A 10:00 AM press conference with CVG and Allegiant executives is scheduled.
Allegiant Air officials say they’re responding to strong demand for its flights to leisure and vacation destinations from CVG. The carrier has already added this year service on select days each week to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando, and Tampa-St. Petersburg in Florida and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Cincinnati has been Allegiant’s fastest growing market in its 15-year history.
The low-cost airline’s new flight to Phoenix – the metro area where the Cincinnati Reds hold their spring training – will replace a daily nonstop flight once offered by Delta Air Lines from CVG. Delta has greatly reduced its offering of flights from Cincinnati over the past several years.
This airline is terrible! On our last trip we were delayed from Cincinnati to Myrtle Beach and delayed 2 times on our way back before we even left Myrtle Beach! Also do not rent a vehicle from their website. After we arrived late to Myrtle Beach we had to pay another $300 on top of the $500 a week rental! Their excuse was that we didn't read the fine print! We will never use this airline again!