Omaha has new airline for trips to Florida and California

Allegiant MD 80

Everyone looks for deals when traveling. None of us want to pay more than we need to in order to fly or drive on vacations or other trips. It’s always good news when discount airlines come to town. For us, that meant an invitation to fly to Tampa, from Omaha’s newest airline – Allegiant Air.

The airline was founded in Fresno, California, in 1997. The company originally handled flights between Fresno and Las Vegas. It is currently based in Las Vegas. It focuses on providing service between smaller cities in the United States.

Omaha welcomed Allegiant in March. It provides flights between Omaha and two airports right now: St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport (which includes the Tampa area) and San Francisco-Oakland. The best part is there are no layovers.

Allegiant Airbus-min

Allegiant invited us to fly with them for a weekend in the Tampa area. We will be traveling April 23-26. We’re excited about getting back to Florida. We haven’t been there since our honeymoon in Orlando 17 years ago.

We did a lot of research on where to stay, eat and see. Since we will have 2 ½ days in the area, we have a jam-packed itinerary, with lots of neat things to see. So, hopefully, we do not bore everyone with our stories after we’re back.

Allegiant provides low-cost flights because of strict cost controls. The airline primarily uses MD-80 jets, but also has Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. The planes are not flown as often as other airlines. Reservations are handled via the internet.

Apparently, drinks and snacks are not offered free during flights. That’s Ok with us. We can bring what we want.

For more information on Allegiant Air, please visit www.allegiantair.com.

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