Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Allegiant Air to Serve OKC for Another Year

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Allegiant Air to Serve OKC for Another Year

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An airline service focusing only on direct flights to and from Las Vegas has received approval by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust to offer service out of Will Rogers World Airport for another year.

We're doing pretty well and definitely want to continue in the market, said Allegiant Air spokeswoman Tyri Squyres. We knew Oklahoma City would be a good investment because there's such a love affair between Oklahoma City and Vegas. I don't know if it's part of the culture or just some natural affinity for wanting to go to Vegas. But it's working out for us.

The airline service, which took off out of Oklahoma City for the first time at the end of October, has what Squyres called a very unique strategy which, unlike so many other airlines in the industry, is doing very well. Allegiant offers ticketless, one-way fares from 14 major cities to Las Vegas, usually a morning flight with the option for a return night flight. Cities include Fresno, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Madison, Wis. Allegiant's westernmost stop is Lansing, Mich.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said Allegiant is a non- signatory airline, requiring operating and lease agreements with the airport each year. The airline operates as a regular, scheduled carrier out of Will Rogers. But with only one takeoff and landing per day on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, the company had to enter into an agreement with Frontier Airlines to use its ticket counter space and gate area, she said.

Of course we hope, and we believe it's their intention as an airline, that they will eventually lease their own counter and gate here, Carney said.

They seem to be doing pretty well, Carney said. We're excited about the fact that they're serving a market that is very important to our community, that they're providing nonstop service to that city.

Las Vegas is the seventh-most popular destination for travelers from Oklahoma City, she said. So that's one of the reasons I think Allegiant was attracted to this market. …

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