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Allegiant adding flights to Phoenix from MidAmerica

MidAmerica Airport gets Allegiant Air flights to Phoenix

Allegiant Air will add flights from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to Phoenix, AZ, in November, welcome news to passengers who were heading out this week to other Allegiant destinations. The airport leaders said the passenger load is increasing and
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Allegiant Air will add flights from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to Phoenix, AZ, in November, welcome news to passengers who were heading out this week to other Allegiant destinations. The airport leaders said the passenger load is increasing and

Hopefully the temperatures in the southwest will cool down by November so airplanes could fly out of Phoenix.

Allegiant Air plans to add flights to Phoenix out of MidAmerica Airport this fall, the discount airline said in a news release.

“We’re thrilled to announce more ultra-low-cost service from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport,” said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior vice president of commercial. “We’re happy to provide local travelers with even more convenient options while they’re planning their sunny vacations.”

The new year-round flights are scheduled to operate twice a week between MidAmerica and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport beginning Nov. 17. The flights are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays, according to the Allegiant website.

With the addition of this new route, Allegiant will serve nine cities out of the airport owned by St. Clair County. Allegiant flies to Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and six destinations in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Jacksonville, Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/St. Pete.

“We’re thrilled to now offer nine great destinations for our travelers,” said Airport Director Tim Cantwell.

Introductory tickets for the route start at $54 each, but flights must be purchased by June 22 for travel by Feb. 13, 2018.

Airport officials recently approved plans to add a TSA security lane at the airport because of the growing passenger load. TSA also plans to put in advanced passenger and baggage screening equipment.

The airport also recently completed an expansion of its parking lot, which immediately filled up, Cantwell has said.

The MidAmerica to Phoenix flight was one of 28 new routes Allegiant announced Tuesday. It is the largest expansion in the company’s history.

Temperatures in Phoenix on Tuesday were so high it forced more than 40 flights to be canceled because it was too hot for planes to fly.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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