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Allegiant Air begins low-cost flights to Fort Lauderdale

Staff • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Allegiant Air launched its new air service from Tri-Cities Regional Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday.

The low-fare carrier is offering flights as low as $49 each way, but that price does not include a number of fees.

According to Allegiant, its prices do not include a segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.40 per segment. A seven- day advance purchase is required.

Also, a checked baggage fee will apply per bag, per segment. Travel purchased through the Allegiant Air Reservation Center will cost an additional $5 per segment. A convenience fee of $8.50 per traveler will be applied when booked at www.allegiantair.com or through an Allegiant Air Reservation Center.

Convenience fees do not apply to tickets purchased at an Allegiant Air airport ticket counter. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Seats are limited and subject to availability. Restrictions apply, according to Allegiant.

Allegiant will utilize 130-seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft on the route.

Allegiant’s offer is not available on these dates: Dec. 20-31, 2007; Jan. 1-7, 2008; Feb. 15-18, 2008; and March 20-24, 30 and 31, 2008.

The new flights will operate two times weekly, with service Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will depart Tri-Cities at 4:10 p.m. arriving in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 6:05 p.m. Flights leaving Fort Lauderdale will depart at 1:35 p.m. arriving in Tri-Cities at 3:35 p.m.

Allegiant’s $49 one-way fare is limited, not available on all flights, and must be purchased by Dec. 29 for travel through May 15, 2008. Reservations may be made through the company’s Web site, the airline’s reservations center at (702) 505-8888 or professional travel agents.

Allegiant began service from TCRA to Orlando, Fla., on May 17.

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