Allegiant Air adding New Orleans-Pittsburgh flight in February

Posted on: November 20 2015

By Katherine Sayre, | The Times-Picayune

Allegiant Air will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Pittsburgh in February, a move that will bring Louis Armstrong International Airport's list of direct destinations to 50 cities, the airport said Friday (Nov. 20)

The Las Vegas-based low-cost airliner is scheduled to begin twice-weekly flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to New Orleans on Feb. 19.

"Pittsburgh has been one of our top destinations without a nonstop flight, and we now have 50 nonstop destinations from our airport which is a new record for our airport," said Iftikhar Ahmad, Airport Director of Aviation, in a news release. "Allegiant's ultra‐low cost of this service will drive incremental demand for travel to New Orleans."

Allegiant, which focuses on linking smaller cities to vacation destinations, moved in to Louis Armstrong International last year with flights with seasonal flights to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio and year-round to Orlando.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Pittsburgh hasn't had a direct flight to New Orleans in 10 years. To lure the flight, the Pittsburg airport waived its gate and landing fees for one year, according to the report. (Read the report here.)

Less than two weeks ago, Louis Armstrong International announced that Spirit Airlines will be adding a direct flight to Los Angeles on April 14, 2016.