Allegiant adding Orlando flights

2013-08-19T23:00:00Z Allegiant adding Orlando flightsBy JESSICA HOLDMAN | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Allegiant Airlines will offer nonstop flights between Bismarck and Orlando, Fla., this fall.

Starting Nov. 23, Allegiant will have two flights a week between the Bismarck Airport and Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

“We anticipate this route will do well, considering Orlando is the fourth most popular destination market for passengers leaving Bismarck,” airport manager Greg Haug said in a statement.

Orlando is Allegiant’s third nonstop destination from Bismarck and first in Florida.

“Our vacation packages and nonstop service to both Las Vegas and Phoenix have been very popular with residents,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president, said in a statement. “We are confident the Bismarck community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Orlando.”

Flights will operate Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Bismarck at 5:15 p.m. Central time and arriving in Orlando at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Return flights will depart Orlando at 1:35 p.m. Eastern time and arrive in Bismarck at 4:35 p.m. Central time.

Allegiant will start by offering its new flights at an introductory rate. Travelers can book a round trip for $99 if they purchase a ticket by Aug. 22 and travel by April 29, 2014. A $99 one-way flight also is available for purchase by Aug. 27 for travel by April 29, 2014. Seats are limited for each of these deals and are not available on all flights.

Normal one-way fare will vary based on demand, but spokesperson Micah Lillard said travelers can expect flights to cost about $75 to $130 one way.

The number of people flying out of Bismarck Airport on all airlines is up 6 percent so far for 2013 compared to 2012, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Director Larry Taborsky said. Boardings were slightly down for this July at 20,038 compared to last July at 22,253. Taborsky said the boarding trend is still up, though.

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