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Low Fare Airline to Fly From Cincinnati to Florida

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Another low cost airline will begin serving Cincinnati. 

Allegiant Air announced Tuesday morning that it will begin twice-a-week service to Orlando and Punta Gorda in mid-February from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. 

Punta Gorda is actually a secondary airport for nearby Ft. Myers.  And the Orlando service actually goes to Sanford.  Using smaller airports like those is one way Allegiant keeps fares down.
Cincinnati is the 100th city served by Las Vegas based Allegiant, so the airline is offering a $100 round trip from CVG to Orlando, at least until those seats are all taken.  Even without the special, Allegiants fares are generally lower than those of main line airline competitors. 

A Local 12 sample of a round trip in February found a $125 price on Allegiant, and $330 on Delta.
However,  Allegiant charges fees for nearly every possible add-on, including carry-on luggage.   Still, the fares plus add-ons can be significantly lower than what other airlines charge, depending on how many add-ons a passenger uses.
Allegiant had originally considered serving Lunken Airport in the city of Cincinnati.  However,  neighbors objected.  But CVG was ready with open arms. 

Allegiant spokesperson Brian Davis said, "The management team at this airport runs it in an efficient way, which is what makes it possible to have the ultra low fares the community responds to.  So at the end of the day its all about cost.  

For years, CVG has been among the top three airports in the nation for highest average ticket price.
Earlier this year, another low-fare carrier, Frontier, began six-day-a-week service to Denver.  Airport officials say the flight has been running 95% full, and Frontier will add service to Trenton, NJ in February.  Trenton is about halfway between Philadelphia and New York City.

Delta Air Lines still has the overwhelming majority of flights at CVG, however service is down significantly from the glory days of the Delta hub, when more than 600 daily departures lifted into the skies. 

Now, CVG has fewer than 200 departures a day.

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