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August 14, 2012

Allegiant to offer nonstop flights to Ariz.

Allegiant is coming back to the Rochester International
Airport to offer flights west once again, but the destination is not a gamble this time.

Tailx-large[1]The regional airline and travel company will offer two weekly
non-stop flights with 166 seats each to Phoenix, Ariz.

Starting on Nov. 1., Allegiant flights will leave Rochester generally on Thursdays and Sundays to make the less than three hour trip to Arizona.

To help the new flights take off, the Las Vegas-based airline is offering the Arizona flights for $99 one way.

Allegiant had previously offered non-stop flights from Rochester to Las Vegas for more than two years until it pulled out in 2010 due to lack of demand.  During 2008, 27,854 passengers flew out of Rochester on Allegiant.

With Mayo Clinic having campuses in Arizona and Rochester as
well quite a bit of tourism traffic, Allegiant is not worried about demand this time, says Eric Fletcher, the airline’s airports manager.

“We’ve had good luck returning to markets that we’ve previously
pulled out of. We feel good about coming back to Rochester,” he says.

Could Allegiant bring back non-stop flights to Vegas or add
flights to its other major vacation destination of Orlando, Florida?

“That always a good possibility,” Fletcher says. “We like to
have more than just two flights w eek going out of an airport. But we believe
Phoenix is a good destination to start with right now.”

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