Travelers at Fort Wayne International Airport can fly nonstop to Phoenix beginning Oct. 30.
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority officials today were to announce the additional flight through Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. The airstrip has a partnership with the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona and will operate two flights a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Allegiant expects to offer the flights year-round but will determine demand in the coming months, said Jessica Miller, Fort Wayne International spokeswoman.
Allegiant has been a great partner over the years, Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Airport Authority, said in a statement. As our leisure market continues to grow, Allegiant continues to offer new destinations that include not just affordable airfare, but hotel and attraction packages for hassle-free vacation travel.
Allegiant is offering special introductory fares of $99 round-trip for flights booked by Thursday. After that, the carrier will offer $89 one-way fares through Aug. 27.
In June, Allegiant began offering nonstop flights to Punta Gorda Airport, about 30 minutes from Fort Myers, Fla., twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Besides the Fort Myers area, Allegiant operates nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Orlando and Tampa, Fla.
Other carriers at the airfield are American Airlines, Delta and United. Fort Wayne International had 284,465 departures last year.
The airport is holding a photo contest in which participants have a chance to win a three-night stay for two in Phoenix on the inaugural flight in October.
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