A new airline is moving into the Quad Cities market and plans to add more flights in the future. Starting October 14th, Allegiant Air will offer two weekly non-stop flights to Las Vegas.
At a news conference Thursday, the airport pulled out all the stops featuring a Vegas-like showgirl to help make the announcement. The airport has a lot to cheer about. It’s been three years since the there has been direct service to Las Vegas and Director of Aviation, Bruce Cater says businesses is growing.
“We’re coming off the 3rd best month in the history of the airport. This new Vegas service will help those numbers increase,” said Carter.
John Fenyes of Allegiant Air agrees. “Well, bringing a new aircraft to a new community is always very important because it provides an economic impact. It creates jobs and creates a way for people to get to probably one of the most fun destinations in the world.”
Travelers are excited too–not just about the service, but the 44.99 one-way fare.
“I think it’s a good thing, anytime you can get more flights out of Moline International Airport, that’s fine with me,” said one traveler.
The air carrier says it chose the Quad Cities because the demographics and population are the right fit. And, if enough people take advantage of the service, more flights could be on the way. Allegiant says it plans to add another flight to Las Vegas by spring.
The new flights will operate two times weekly between the Quad City International Airport and McCarran International Airport, with service on Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Moline at 8:45 p.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 10:10 p.m. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 2:55 p.m., arriving in Moline at 8:05 p.m.
Allegiant will use a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.
The $44.99 one-way introductory fare is limited and must be purchased by September 8th.
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