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Allegiant Plans Halts Flights to Orlando from Southwestern Illinois

Updated: 27 July 2013 : 07:25:31 AM

An announcement from a Las Vegas representative for Allegiant indicated the airline would be taking a seven-week “hiatus” after August 11.

The twice-weekly nonstop service to Orlando leaves out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, located near Mascoutah.

Jessica Wheeler, the spokesperson, indicated this “hiatus” is required due to a slowdown in demand for the route to Orlando.

Because the number of passengers is so uncertain, it is difficult to guaranty the low fares for which the airline is known.

These round-trip flights to Orlando are the only passenger service operating out of MidAmerica.

MidAmerica St Louis Airport

The MidAmerica St Louis Airport is a public use airport located on the grounds of Scott Air Force base and is located east of the central business district of Belleville, in St. Clair County, Illinois.

MidAmerica St. Louis was created to reduce some crowding of Lambert-St Louis International Airport.

St Louis International Airport

Travelers from this area will now be required to leave from St Louis International airport which is approximately 37 miles northwest of MidAmerica, meaning extra drive time to catch a flight.

In searching for flights leaving St. Louis International, leaving August 11 and returning on August 17, flights costs were $358 to $520 for round trips.

Most of the flights have one stop (often Memphis or Atlanta) before landing in Orlando, which means a longer flight.

Airlines providing service to Orlando from St Louis International are Delta, American Airlines, AirTran, US Airways, and United Airlines.

Seats were limited so if you normally use MidAmerica airport and plan to travel after August 11, make reservations soon as it may be difficult to reserve a flight.

By Marie Ospina

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