Allegiant adds more flights to Destin-Fort Walton Beach market

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Allegiant announced that it will offer more nonstop flights and low fares to Destin-Fort Walton Beach from Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Last week Allegiant announced Destin-Fort Walton Beach as its newest destination in its network, with seasonal, twice weekly nonstop flights beginning this spring, according to a press release from the company. Flights to the popular beach destination will now operate three times weekly beginning June 4, 2016.

“Allegiant is very excited to be increasing our nonstop flight frequency to Destin-Fort Walton Beach so quickly after the destination’s announcement to meet demand,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “With the new flight schedule, more travelers from Cincinnati and St. Louis will be able to take advantage of our affordable service to visit this exceptional vacation destination.”

The flights will operate twice weekly beginning May 20, 2016 until June 4, 2016 when the flights will increase to three times weekly. The new flights will bring nearly 23 thousand additional visitors each year to the Destin / Fort Walton Beach area and generate an estimated $6.6 million annually in total visitor spending. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at

“The addition of a new Saturday frequency from both Cincinnati and St. Louis-Belleville is proof that Florida’s Emerald Coast is a world class ‘Destination,’” said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airports interim airports director. “We have done a great job getting the word out and will continue to build on our partnership with Allegiant.”

“The new Saturday flights into Destin-Fort Walton Beach are the perfect addition to Allegiant’s service,” said Ed Schroeder, Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “The majority of accommodations are through condominiums and rental units, where check in and check out dates are on Saturdays. Having flight days on Saturdays allows them to maintain their booking policies and helps grow the industry with the new visitors.”