The Shreveport Airport celebrated a new service for air travelers last week.
Non-stop flights to the Florida panhandle started Friday out of Shreveport Regional Airport, with Allegiant launching a new twice-weekly service via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
A launch event and ribbon cutting marked the occasion with Friday’s flight just shy of full capacity with 141 passengers on board.
Stacy Kuba, interim airport director, said the airport had been working for three years to get the Allegiant flight to Destin.
Airport Authority Board Member Grant Nuckolls thanked the passengers for choosing Shreveport to fly out of.
“We’re thankful to all the passengers who chose Shreveport Regional Airport. The airport has been here a long time and I want to thank you for that because it’s your continuing support of the Shreveport Regional Airport that makes that possible,” he said.
Tim Wilhite, chairman of the Regional Air Service Alliance (RASA), noted that their work to help expand flights for the airport has paid dividends.
“When RASA started this was a $4 million impact. Since adding our third flight, the impact is $15m and this is just the start. We’re already looking for No. 4,” Wilhite said.
To mark the occasion, Shreveport’s Mayor Adrian Perkins proclaimed Friday, May 17 as “Allegiant Air Day.” As the event celebrating the new service concluded, the airport also unveiled a new logo commemorating 90 years of flight in Shreveport.
The new seasonal flights will operate twice weekly through Labor Day.
With this route’s addition, Allegiant will now serve three cities from Shreveport Regional Airport, including Orlando and Las Vegas. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.
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