No-frills airline Allegiant is coming back to Will Rogers World Airport and enticing travelers with $99 round-trip flights on its new route between Oklahoma City and Orlando, Fla.
Twice-daily flights on Thursdays and Sundays take off Nov. 14. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, with a limited number of seats at the $99 round-trip price through Thursday, said Micah Lillard, spokesman for Las Vegas-based Allegiant. After that, the airline will offer $69 one-way tickets for a week.
The nonstop flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport are a welcome ultralow fare option for vacationing families, said Karen Carney, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport.
“We know anecdotally that we have people who drive to Dallas. We lose traffic to Dallas to take Allegiant or Spirit (Airlines.) It saves them that much money to drive there,” she said.
Currently, Allegiant will be the only air carrier offering a regular nonstop to Orlando, Fla. Southwest Airlines offered a seasonal route that ended in April and the airline hasn't announced if it will bring the service back, Carney said.
Allegiant previously operated out of Will Rogers World Airport but discontinued service in 2006 to focus on connecting smaller markets, like Bismarck, N.D., and Peoria, Ill., with vacation destinations. But the airline is expanding rapidly, adding 20 new cities to its roster this year, including Oklahoma City and nine others announced Tuesday. The company is also adding nonstop flights between Tulsa and Orlando. That will bring Allegiant to 99 U.S. cities.
“Orlando is a top destination for Oklahoma City travelers,” said Mark Kranenburg, director of the Oklahoma City Department of Airports. “With Allegiant's nonstop, low-fare service, our customers will have a new option for travel to the area at very competitive prices.”
Allegiant will fly a 166-seat MD-80 jet on the route. Because of the airline's low fares, extras — such as food, drinks and checked bags — are available for a fee. Allegiant also operates as a travel agency with vacation packages that include hotel stays, rental cars and attraction tickets.
Allegiant will be eligible for incentives offered by the city, which were modified last month to attract new low-cost air carriers. The airline is set to receive $25,000 for the Orlando route as well as $12,500 for advertising and marketing costs.