Allegiant launching new flights from Charleston to Florida

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Low-cost airline Allegiant is tapping into the snowbird season by launching new flights from Charleston to Florida’s southwest coast in November.

The Las Vegas-based carrier will begin twice-weekly service to Punta Gorda, Florida, between Fort Myers and Sarasota, starting Nov. 14.

The flights are expected to operate on Thursday and Sunday through April 12, 2020.

The new Florida destination has not been a priority for the Charleston market, but airport and tourism officials welcome the nonstop connection that will offer a winter getaway for Charleston residents and a cool-weather excursion to the Lowcountry for those from southwest Florida.

Allegiant most recently offered nonstop flights from Charleston to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio.

The seasonal routes to Indianapolis, Cleveland and Columbus have ended.

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