Saturday, November 20, 2010

Allegiant Announces new Long Beach - Las Vegas Service

Allegiant Airlines, Long Beach Airport's newest tenant, is ditching its Stockton service in favor of Las Vegas.

The new route begins Dec. 16, with the Stockton-Long Beach route ending Dec. 12. Anyone with existing reservations will be offered a full refund, said Allegiant spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo. Allegiant said it's ending the Stockton route due to weak demand. The low-cost carrier became Long Beach's sixth airline in July, when it began routes to four cities with a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.

To celebrate the new route, Allegiant is offering 150 free round-trip tickets during a scavenger hunt at 5p.m. today.

The hunt is open to the public and begins at Legends Sports Bar and Grill, 5236 E. Second St. in Long Beach.
(Photos by Stuart Borden)

Allegiant signed a deal with Long Beach in late 2009 for service to Washington, Colorado Springs, Idaho Falls and Stockton, though representatives say schedules are flexible, depending on demand.

Flights to Las Vegas will depart Long Beach at 8:45 a.m. Mondays, 8:10 p.m. Thursdays, and 7:40 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

The start-up's presence in Long Beach is expected to push the airport's total annual passenger volumes well above 3 million.

(Kristopher Hanson - Long Beach Press Telegram)

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