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Allegiant Air to fly to Jacksonville from MidAmerica Airport

Allegiant Air is adding a new destination in Florida for people to fly to from MidAmerica Airport, the airline said.

Starting May 27, Allegiant will have a MidAmerica to Jacksonville International Airport route twice a week.

“We’re excited to give folks in the St. Louis-area another Florida destination to visit this summer,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We’re sure that travelers will enjoy taking their vacation to Jacksonville for ultra-low costs.”

The low-cost airline said fares for the seasonal route are starting at $39; tickets must be purchased by March 14, for travel by Aug. 15.

Jessica Wheeler, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, said the destination has been popular as people go the beaches in northeast Florida.

Wheeler added there’s “a lot of demand (for Jacksonsville) as a vacation destination.”

Whether the route becomes year-round has yet to be determined.

“After we run the route for a while, we evaluate to see if its possible, but right now we’re committed to it as a summer seasonal,” Wheeler said.

The new MidAmerica to Jacksonville route is one of 22 Allegiant is announcing across the country on Tuesday.

Jacksonville would be the fifth route to Florida Allegiant has committed to out of MidAmerica. The airline already flies to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers. Flights to Destin/Fort Walton Beach are slated to start in June.

“Area residents who want to take the easy way out to Florida now have another terrific destination in the Sunshine State that they can reach via Allegiant’s latest non-stop service from MidAmerica,” said St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. “Just like Destin, this new route represents the region’s only direct flight to Jacksonville and brings our total number of Florida destinations to five that local travelers can enjoy, along with the hassle-free flying experience that is unique to MidAmerica Airport.”

Allegiant last year brought back flights to Las Vegas from MidAmerica.

As part of the new flight launch, Allegiant is offering refunds to people who book flights early. The first 22 travelers to book their flights on the new route will receive a refund for their round-trip airfare, the airline said. There is a limit of one refund per person.

The airline also plans to refund airfare-related ancillary fees, but not government fees and taxes, according to a news release.

To book a flight on Allegiant Air, go to www.allegiantair.com.

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