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“Our presence in Florida continues to grow as we announce our largest expansion into a Florida destination in the company’s history,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “A new base in Destin / Fort Walton Beach will allow us to better serve travelers, including those in Louisville, Kentucky, who we welcome today as a brand new city in our network.”
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Allegiant did not add any additional flights at the Dayton International Airport. The announcement comes about a week after Southwest’s decision to pull service from Dayton International Airport.
“Allegiant has been very pleased with our partnership with Dayton International Airport and with the response we have received from the Dayton community since we began service there in April 2015,” said Kimberly Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, in a statement. “We are always evaluating market conditions for opportunities to launch new service.”
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Currently, Allegiant offers flights to five destinations in Florida, but it does not have service to Destin.
Allegiant started flying out of Dayton in April, with stops to Orlando and St. Peter/Clearwater, Fla. Allegiant Air had 1,472 passengers fly out of the Dayton International Airport in April, the first month of local operation for the discount airline, according to airport officials.
In November, that number more than doubled with 2,812 passengers flying out of Dayton on Allegiant flights. Allegiant added another nonstop flight to Punta Gorda, Fla., from the Dayton airport, back in August.
The company has more than 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country.
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