Allegiant to offer nonstop flights from Moline to Vegas


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Originally Posted Online: Aug. 19, 2010, 11:04 am
Last Updated: Aug. 19, 2010, 4:20 pm
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By Laura Anderson

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and starting Oct. 14, the Quad City International Airport can get you there and back.

Allegiant Air, LLC, a low-cost subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company, will begin nonstop flights Sundays and Thursdays between QCIA and Las Vegas, the airline's headquarters and major hub.

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Flights between the QCIA (MLI) and McCarran International Airport (LAS) will be on full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft, and leave Moline at 8:45 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:10 p.m. Return flights will leave Las Vegas at 2:55 p.m., arriving in Moline at 8:05 p.m. 

 "This is going to be a tremendous asset for this region," QCIA aviation director Bruce Carter said at a Thursday press conference. 

Las Vegas is the top requested destination locally, and the Quad-Cities hasn't had any direct flights to Vegas since AirTran discontinued its flights two to three years ago,  when oil prices jumped from $79 to about $140 per barrel, he said. 

Demand for flights to Las Vegas, along with market research and input from local community leaders, spurred Allegiant's interest in the Quad-Cities area, the airline said.

Mr. Carter said he's confident Allegiant will succeed because, "they're a travel business," offering vacation packages as well as flights.

John Fenyes, Allegiant director of sales, said several packages and add-ons are available through the company's web site at www.allegiantair.com - from packages at Las Vegas' biggest hotels to show tickets and tours.

Allegiant offers low-cost packages with more than 40 Las Vegas hotels, including Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Venetian-Resort-Hotel-Casino, Paris Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Caesars Palace and more. 

However, to keep Allegiant's direct-flight service to Las Vegas, the area has to "use it or we lose it," Mr. Carter said, adding that he hopes there's enough demand to add more flights to Vegas, and flights to other destinations as well. 

"We are confident the residents of the Quad Cities will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to Vegas and the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and show tickets," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president, said in a press release.
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Amy Rodecker, Allegiant regional manager, said "if this does well," Allegiant will consider adding flights from QCIA to other locations. 

Allegiant focuses on linking travelers in small cities to destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

 The one-way introductory ticket of $44.99 -- plus fees -- must be purchased by Sept. 8, and is valid for travel through Jan. 31. Introductory fares are not available on all flights.

After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start at $94.99 one-way. For reservations, visit www.allegiant.com or call Allegiant at (702) 505-8888.

 
















 



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