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Allegiant Air Non-Stop to Las Vegas

Allegiant Air to Inaugurate Scheduled Non-Stop Service Between Greater Peoria Regional Airport and Las Vegas!

Allegiant is Offering $79 Introductory Web Fares; Will Use 161-Seat MD-83 Jets on Route.

The bet is that convenient, low-fare non-stop scheduled jet service and affordable vacation packages to Las Vegas will play in Peoria.

Officals at Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas-based low fare airline, announced that on March 3, 2004 it will inaugurate non-stop scheduled service at Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA) with flights to the fun and entertainment capital. The airline said that its market research and input from local community leaders and travel professionals indicate that central Illinois travelers will welcome the five weekly non-stop flights and low fares to Las Vegas as an alternative to connecting flights or long drives to other airports.

Starting January 8, 2004, Allegiant is offering introductory fares as low as $79 each way on flights between Peoria and Las Vegas when booked on its website at Fares booked through the airline's Reservations Center can be purchased for as low as $89 each way.

Allegiant is also offering complete air and hotel vacation packages to Las Vegas starting at $220 per person, roundtrip, through its Allegiant Vacation program.

And to make the deal even more attractive for travelers to Las Vegas, airport parking at Greater Peoria Regional Airport is free and is conveniently located in front of the terminal.

Allegiant said the new Peoria-Las Vegas service will initially operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday each week, the peak demand days for flights in the market. The carrier will use 161-seat MD-83 aircraft on the route.

"We are extremely pleased to extend the Allegiant brand of low-fare non-stop jet service to the people of central Illinois," said Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant's Chairman. "This is an exciting development for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled non-stop service between Peoria and Las Vegas. Travelers from Peoria, Moline, Bloomington, Springfield and throughout central Illinois have made it clear there is a strong demand for this service in the Illinois market," said Gallegher.

Chairman of the Greater Peoria Airport Authority Board, Gerald Flaherty, stated, "Central Illinois travelers have been looking for more affordable and convenient airline service to popular destinations. Now that Allegiant Air will serve Peoria with flights to Las Vegas, area travelers can fly non-stop to one of the top destinations in the U.S., and a convenient connecting point to other destinations in the west."

According to Allegiant, starting March 3, flights will depart Peoria at 6:20 AM arriving in Las Vegas at 7:55 AM. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 12:05 AM arriving in Peoria at 5:25 AM (all flight times are local). Starting May 5, flights will depart Peoria at 7:00 AM arriving at Las Vegas at 8:35 AM.

Allegiant's $79 one-way introductory web fare is good on off-peak flights from Peoria (Sun., Mon., Wed.,) and return flights from Las Vegas (Wed., Thur., Fri.). The low fare must be purchased on the web by February 8, 2004 and is valid for travel through September 30, 2004. Introductory fares on peak day departures from Peoria (Thur. and Fri.) and return flights from Las Vegas (Sun. and Mon.) start at $89 on the web and $99 through the Reservation Center. Seats at the sale price are limited and subject to availability. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route range from $109 to $199. (Fares quoted do not include PFC's, segment fees, and security fees up to $8.60 per segment.)

Allegiant Vacations, the airline's vacation division featuring complete air and hotel Las Vegas vacation packages, is offering packages starting at $220 per person, roundtrip. The introductory package rate includes airfare and three hotel nights, double occupancy at the Gold Coast if booked by February 8, 2004. Travel on the introductory vacation package rate is available for Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday departures commencing March 3 and must be completed by September 30, 2004. Longer stays and other properties are available at other rates. (Package rates quoted do not include PFC's, segment fees, and security fees up to $8.60 per segment.)

Allegiant Vacations offers 21 Las Vegas hotel properties to choose from including the Venetian, Paris, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Mirage, Golden Nugget, Excalibur, Tropicana, Bally's, Flamingo, Four Queens, Riviera, Frontier, Luxor, Circus Circus, Imperial Palace, Hotel San Remo, Gold Coast, Boardwalk, Westin Causarina and Stardust.

Reservations for Allegiant's new Peoria-Las Vegas flights and vacation packages can be confirmed starting January 8, 2004 on its website at, through local professional travel agents, or by calling its reservation centers at 888-594-6937 for "air only" and 800-432-3810 for Allegiant Vacation packages.

About the Company

Allegiant Air is an all-jet, low fare, low cost passenger airline providing high quality customer service. At Allegiant, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline features 21 Las Vegas hotel properties in its Allegiant Vacations air-and-hotel vacation package program. From its base in Las Vegas, Allegiant provides non-stop service to Colorado Springs, Colo.; Fresno, Calif.; Wichita, Kan.; Des Moines, Iowa; Lansing, Mich.; Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; and starting March 3, Peoria, Ill. The airline also operates charter service throughout the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. The carrier's charter customers include Harrah's Resorts, Apple Vacations, U.S. Forest Service, collegiate athletic organizations, film production companies and corporations.

Allegiant's fleet includes eight jet aircrafts, including two 130-seat MD-87s, three 164-165 seat MD-82s, and three 161-162 seat MD-83s. The airline has contracted for the purchase of additional aircraft to be delivered in 2004.

Allegiant Air is a privately owned airline founded in 1997. The airline's headquarters are in Las Vegas.