Allegiant Air to inaugurate LAX service


Flying from Los Angeles to smaller communities west of the Mississippi may get a little easier and cheaper later this spring.

Low-fare Allegiant Air said today it will begin offering nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to a dozen small cities, including Monterey, Calif., with one-way fares as low as $39.

The Las Vegas-based carrier said it will begin rolling out LAX service on May 1 with nonstop flights to Medford, Ore. with fares starting at $69 one-way. Other destinations that will be added in May include Billings, Mont.; Des Moines, Iowa; Fargo, N.D.; and Grand Junction, Colo.

Introductory one-way ticket prices for these destinations will range from $59 to $99, the airline said.

While the start of LAX service will target leisure travelers flying from small cities that have limited regular passenger air service, Southern California travelers visiting family and friends are also expected to benefit with cheaper nonstop service. Flying to smaller communities has often required multiple stopovers and higher fares than flights to larger cities that have several competing airlines.

Allegiant Air said it will operate out of Terminal 6 at LAX with MD-80 jets that have seating for 150 passengers.

Allegiant Air is one of the nation’s most profitable carriers and has been expanding while most other airlines have been retrenching because of the recession. The airline provides inexpensive air service to leisure travelers typically from smaller communities in the Midwest flying to Sun Belt destinations such as Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; and Las Vegas.

Other destinations from LAX will include Wichita, Kan.; Springfield, Mo.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Missoula, Mont.; McAllen, Tex.; and Bellingham, Wash.