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April 18, 2007

Roch. to Vegas flights coming

Viva Las Vegas!

OK, Timothy and Carol are right. The new flights from Rochester are going to Las Vegas. The announcement is being made even as this posting is going up.

Here's some from a story I have in today's dead tree edition. Look for more on here, on and possibly later in print:

What happens in Vegas … now can start in Rochester.

That is, once Allegiant Air takes flight out of the Rochester International Airport.

Officials from Allegiant, an air carrier that specializes in Las Vegas, announced this morning that it will launch two weekly direct-to-Las Vegas flights from Rochester in June.

Each flight on Allegiant will have 150 seats available on a MD80 plane.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” says Airport Manager Steve Leqve. “Going forward, if successful, there may be more opportunities this fall.”

Mayor Ardell Brede, who chairs the airport commission, says this addition means more than just more flight options.

“It will bring more business, like to the Sleep Inn hotel by the airport,” he said. “The convenience of staying there and shuttling over to the airport will attract people not only from southern Minnesota, but from southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa also.”

Beside offering the low-cost flights, Allegiant also sells vacation packages, including hotels and rental cars.
There have never been regular flights to Las Vegas from Rochester. In the past, some charter flights have been offered to Las Vegas and to Laughlin, Nev.

“The Airport commission committed this year to new opportunities,” Leqve said.


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This is good news...any idea on flight costs?

Their website quotes $109 each way out of Des Moines. That's not bad.

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