N.O. airport adds nonstop flights on Allegiant Air _lowres

Advocate file photo by Richard Alan Hannon -- Allegiant Air

Budget carrier Allegiant Air plans to add two Florida destinations to its routes to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

In April, Las Vegas-based Allegiant will offer nonstop flights from the New Orleans airport to Jacksonville International Airport, while nonstop service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport begins in June.

A limited number of one-way fares to both locations will start at $39, Allegiant said Tuesday. Introductory fares must be purchased by Jan. 13 for travel by Aug. 16.

Allegiant, which currently operates five routes at the New Orleans airport, will run the new flights twice-weekly.

“With Allegiant’s announcement of Jacksonville and Tampa/St. Pete, we now have 52 nonstop destinations from our airport, which is another new record for our airport,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, who has served as aviation director in New Orleans since 2010. “Allegiant’s ultra-low fares will drive incremental demand for travel to and from New Orleans.”