A small plane with a banner flies over Flint Bishop Airport to celebrate the ribbon cutting for Allegiant Air joining Flint Bishop International Airport on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Allegiant will serve Flint with nonstop flights to Tampa/St. Pete and Orlando/Sanford. (Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal- MLive.com via AP)
Allegiant started flying out of Dayton last April, with stops to Orlando and and St. Peter/Clearwater, Fla. Allegiant Air had 1,472 passengers fly out of the Dayton International Airport in the first month of local operation for the discount airline, according to airport officials.
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In January, the low-cost carrier had approximately 3,854 passengers. Also in January, the airline added 17 new routes at hubs nationwide, including two airports in Ohio. The airline is also adding new base operations and service from Louisville, Ky. Cleveland and Columbus airports will have a new seasonal nonstop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport starting in May. Dayton International does not have a service to Destin, Fla.
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Allegiant is one of five major carriers to currently service the Dayton airport. Though Allegiant consistently has the least amount of passenger emplanements each month, it is quickly adding more flights out of the airport. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines also fly out of the airport.
However, Southwest announced last month that it would pull its services out of the Dayton airport after June 3. Southwest currently operates three daily departures to and from Chicago Midway, but will instead add services at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
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When the Southwest decision was announced, Slaybaugh told this news outlet that officials were actively seeking new opportunities and flights for the airport.
Allegiant, the Las Vegas-based company, has grown to more than 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the U.S.
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