Allegiant's MFE-LAX Nonstop Takes Flight

June 05--MCALLEN -- Allegiant Air's most recent go at providing nonstop service between McAllen and Los Angeles took off on Thursday.

The discount airline will provide twice-weekly service between McAllen-Miller International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport through Sept. 7. The flights operate on Thursdays and Sundays.

Fares on the routes start at $112 each way including taxes. The airline levies additional charges for carry-on and checked baggage, assigned seating and using a credit card rather than a debit card to purchase tickets from its website, Allegiant.com.

"We are thrilled to offer McAllen travelers a new low-cost option to Los Angeles," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president, said in a statement. "With world-renowned theme parks and iconic attractions, we are confident Rio Grande Valley residents will embrace this seasonal connection to Los Angeles."

Allegiant focuses on low-cost leisure travel, also offering nonstop flights from McAllen to Las Vegas and Orlando. The carrier previously attempted seasonal nonstops from McAllen to Los Angeles in 2009. Similar service was offered by Delta Air Lines until that carrier dropped the service in 2007.

"We are excited that Allegiant is offering travel to yet another fun vacation getaway from McAllen to Los Angeles. McAllen International Airport continues to be the region's leader in providing affordable nonstop air service to popular vacation destinations," Elizabeth Suarez, Director at McAllen-Miller International Airport, said in a statement.

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