Allegiant’s twice weekly Vegas and Phoenix flights begin Oct. 3

It’ll now be easier for Central Oregonians to escape to the warmth this winter.

Allegiant Airlines’ new twice weekly direct flights from Robert’s Field to Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa begin on Wednesday.

The Redmond-Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) flights begin Thursday and the flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) on Friday. Both flights will use the Airbus A320-family aircraft equipped with 177 economy seats.

Allegiant will celebrate the inaugural inbound LAS-RDM flight scheduled to arrive at 4:53 p.m. and the inaugural outbound RDM-LAS flight scheduled to depart at 8:53 p.m. on Thursday.

Additional festivities are also planned on Friday for the first arrival from Phoenix-Mesa (IWA) to RDM at 6:30 p.m. and the first departure from RDM to IWA at 7:15 p.m.

Allegiant’s return to Redmond makes them the sixth airline serving the airport, joining Alaska Air, American, United, Delta and Sun Country Airlines. Redmond is one of three new cities Allegiant Air is adding to its route map, the others being State College, Pennsylvania and Traverse City, Michigan. A total of 10 routes are being added, the Las Vegas-based airline said.

“We’re excited to continue our growth by adding 10 new route options and three new cities to the Allegiant network,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s vice-president of planning and revenue. “We know customers will love having our convenient, friendly service out of their hometown airport to great destinations across the country.”

RDM Airport Director Zachary Bass, said the additional flights are a great benefit to the region

“RDM experienced record-breaking passenger numbers this year and air carriers are responding,” he said. “RDM and the Central Oregon Air Service team are pleased to see Allegiant Air’s return to RDM and encourage the public to support the new air carrier service.”

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