Allegiant adds direct New Orleans flights to 2 Florida cities

Posted on: January 12 2016

By Jennifer Larino, | The Times-Picayune

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will add two new nonstop flights to New Orleans from Jacksonville, Fla. and St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla., airport officials said Tuesday (Jan. 12). The new flights bring Louis Armstrong International Airport's list of nonstop destinations to 52 cities.

Starting in April, Allegiant will offer twice-weekly flights from Jacksonville International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to New Orleans. The flights will run year-round.

"We are very pleased to be expanding our service in New Orleans," Jude Bricker, senior vice president of planning for Allegiant, said in a news release. "The addition of these new routes marks the success of New Orleans in our network, and we look forward to bringing more visitors and economic growth to The Big Easy."

Allegiant Air, founded in 1997, focuses on offering low-cost flights from smaller U.S. cities to vacation hotspots in Florida, California and Hawaii. The airline operates scheduled flights to more than 100 cities nationwide.

Allegiant will start flights from Jacksonville April 14. Flights from St. Petersburg will start June 3.

The Jacksonville Business Journal reports Allegiant has announced promotional deal on tickets to New Orleans. A one-way fare will sell for $39 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flights from Jacksonville will leave on Thursday and Sunday, the report says.

Allegiant launched flights from four U.S. cities to New Orleans in February 2015. The airline currently operates flights to and from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, Orlando, Fla., and Pittsburgh.

Local tourism officials estimate the new Florida flights in addition to existing connections will bring more than 33,000 travelers to New Orleans this year.