Allegiate Air arrives on the Coast
Allegiant Air returns to the Gulf Coast, offering low-cost and nonstop service to Orlando, Florida. News 25’s Kendra Turley shares more on the air-service and breaks down the deals available for Gulf Coast travelers.
The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport hopes to attract more people to Mississippi shores with the return of a familiar air service. Gulfport Biloxi International Airport Executive Director Clay Williams said, “To bring in visitors you’ve got to have adequate air service. For companies to want to locate along the Gulf Coast and in South Mississippi, you’ve got to have adequate air service.”
Starting August 30th, Allegiant Air will provide non-stop service from Gulfport to the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The new flights will operate twice a week with one way fares as low as $29, making that trip to Disney World a lot more affordable for Gulf Coast families.
Allegiant will offer one flight on Wednesday and another on Saturday. Allegiant Manager of Airport Affairs Daniel Meier said, “We think there’s an opportunity to take people from the Mississippi Gulf Coast area down to Orlando, to Disney, and other various places. We also see there’s an opportunity for people from Florida to come to the Gulf Coast and see the casinos and beaches and various activities there are in Mississippi to do.”
The service first entered the Gulfport Biloxi area in 2007, but left shortly after due to fuel costs. A revenue guarantee administered by the Mississippi Development Authority helped return the airline to the Coast. Mississippi State Senator Sean Tindell said, “When you look at the economic impact that each tourist brings, it’s huge for the Coast economy and huge for our state and something we fought really hard to bring to fruition.”
In order to take advantage of introductory fares, you must purchase a flight by June 22nd for travel by February 13th. “Once this route gets strong and does well then we will start to explore other opportunities and see where we might be able to expand to,” said Meier.