Allegiant Air has announced that beginning February 1, 2010, it will start serving ten cities with non-stop service to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
This is great news for Orlando International as well as scores of customers who like flying into Orlando’s major airport and the services that are offered there. It is not great news for Orlando’s Sanford International Airport because Allegiant is pulling those ten flights from that location.
Currently, Allegiant flies into Sanford from 31 cities in the Eastern and Midwest United States including places as far away as Fargo, North Dakota, Bangor, Maine and McAllen, Texas. But, in order to compete with AirTran Airways (which recently announced new non-stop flights to Orlando from several cities), Allegiant is moving 10 of the flights from Sanford to Orlando International.
Many Disney vacationers welcome this change as this will allow them to take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express, a free shuttle service from Orlando International to all of the Disney owned resorts in the World. Currently, if those guests use Allegiant’s service into Sanford, they must pay for transportation to Disney World.
Allegiant has announced a incremental switch to MCO for these ten cities with service beginning on the date shown:
- Knoxville, TN – February 1, 2010
- Lexington, KY – February 1, 2010
- Allentown, PA – February 8, 2010
- Greenville, Spartanburg, SC – February 8, 2010
- Grand Rapids, MI – February 12, 2010
- Springfield, MO – February 15, 2010
- Tri-Cities, TN – February 15, 2010
- Huntington, WV – February 16, 2010
- Youngstown, OH – March 4, 2010
- Des Moines, IA – March 5, 2010
No official plans have been announced to move the remaining 21 cities with service to Sanford over to MCO, but Allegiant has not ruled it out.