The good news: Allegiant Air has announced its flight schedule through 2020 from the Dayton International Airport.
The bad news: It only includes flights to one destination to Florida — Punta Gorda — for now.
A spokeswoman with the discount airliner confirmed to the Dayton Daily News on Friday that seasonal flights to Punta Gorda will begin in November and are scheduled through February.
All other Allegiant flights to other Florida destinations — Orlando, Tampa, Daytona and St. Petersburg — go on “seasonal hiatus” beginning in September. Most of the flights end in August to the Florida locations.
Flight from Dayton to Punta Gorda went on seasonal hiatus later in April said Allegiant spokeswoman Sonya Padgett.
Two other routes to St. Petersburg and Sanford will go on seasonal hiatus later this year, she said. Online bookings aren’t available past Sept. 3 for St. Petersburg/Tampa and past Aug. 13 for Daytona Beach/Sanford.
Much of Allegiant’s service is seasonal, Padgett said. Allegiant is the only low-cost carrier remaining at the Dayton airport.
“That allows us to be highly responsive to customer demand. We’ll reevaluate the Dayton routes later this year,” she said.
Other Ohio airports also have limited booking dates, but most booking seasons stretch at least four months longer than Dayton’s. Travelers can’t book flights to Punta Gorda from Cleveland beyond August 18, from Cincinnati and Columbus beyond November and from Toledo after Aug. 10.
“Allegiant strives to make air travel accessible to everyone, but we specifically focus on the price-sensitive leisure traveler…We are constantly evaluating and measuring demand throughout our system so that we can provide the highest level of service to our customers when they need it,” Padgett said.
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