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Allegiant to resume Wichita-Orlando service in May

An Allegiant Air MD-80 taxis at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in February. Allegiant announced Tuesday it was resuming nonstop, seasonal service to Orlando, Fla., beginning on May 25.
An Allegiant Air MD-80 taxis at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in February. Allegiant announced Tuesday it was resuming nonstop, seasonal service to Orlando, Fla., beginning on May 25. The Wichita Eagle

Nonstop, seasonal air service to Orlando, Fla., will again be offered at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in a few months.

Allegiant Air said Tuesday that it would launch the Wichita to Orlando Sanford International Airport service beginning May 25.

The flights will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays until Aug. 13, an airline spokesman said.

The Las Vegas-based airline will use a mix of Boeing MD-80 and Airbus A320 narrowbody jets on the route, he said.

The low-fare carrier has operated in Wichita since 2003, primarily offering nonstop flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Starting June 8, it also will offer nonstop flights to Los Angeles International Airport.

In May 2007, Allegiant offered nonstop flights from Wichita to Orlando but ended that twice-a-week service in July 2008, citing rising fuel costs and poor performance.

It was the third airline around that same time period to initiate and then end nonstop service from Wichita to Orlando. Delta and the former AirTran Airways for a short time in 2006 offered Saturday-only flights to the city that’s home to Disney World.

Allegiant spokesman Brandon Myers said the airline was optimistic about the Orlando service this time around.

“Our planning team is constantly evaluating the routes we currently serve as well as new route opportunities,” he said. “We’re confident these new flights to Orlando will be well received by the community.”

Allegiant is offering an introductory fare of $49 one way as part of the new service.

More information is available at allegiantair.com.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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