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Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport lands new airline

Allegiant Air today announced Destin-Fort Walton Beach as the newest destination in its network with nonstop service from Cincinnati and St. Louis, beginning this spring.


“We are very excited to add Destin-Fort Walton Beach as the newest destination in Allegiant’s network,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning. “These two new flights mark the opportunity for travelers from Cincinnati and St. Louis to visit the Emerald Coast with our low-cost, convenient service. We look forward to bringing visitors and economic growth to our newest destination.”

“We welcome Allegiant to their newest ‘Destin-ation’ on Florida’s Emerald Coast and are thrilled to build a partnership at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,” said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airports interim airports director. “Attracting Allegiant to our region has been a top priority. I am thrilled to welcome Allegiant Air to our community. Their service on these routes to VPS will create jobs and be a tremendous boost to the local economy.”

Last year, Okaloosa County Commissioners voted to spend $3 million in local bed tax funds to market the new airline.

“St. Louis and Cincinnati have always looked upon us as their most desired destination for vacations and getaways,” said Ed Schroeder, Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “Now, they’ll have a great alternative to the twelve-hour drive that allows them to enjoy two extra days on the beach. Instead of anguishing behind the wheel all day, they can let Allegiant do the driving and be here in under two hours, fresh and ready to enjoy paradise.”

Seasonal nonstop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) will include:

1. Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport — Begins May 20, 2016 and ends Sept. 5, 2016 with fares as low as $39.

2. MidAmeria St. Louis Airport – Begins June 2, 2016 and ends Sept. 4, 2016 with fares as low as $39. The new flights will operate twice weekly and will bring more than 12,000 additional visitors each year to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area and generate an estimated $3.5 million annually in total visitor spending.