Fayette County

Allegiant adding D.C., Georgia coast flights at Blue Grass Airport

In this June 2014 file photo, Teresa Donovan and grandson Liam Gilbert, 4, seated at left waited for a flight with new friends Allisha Daraswad, her son Thai Daraswad, age 7, and Lynnley Daraswad, age 3, (seated in center) at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.
In this June 2014 file photo, Teresa Donovan and grandson Liam Gilbert, 4, seated at left waited for a flight with new friends Allisha Daraswad, her son Thai Daraswad, age 7, and Lynnley Daraswad, age 3, (seated in center) at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. palcala@herald-leader.com

Flights to the Washington, D.C., and the Savannah-Hilton Head areas will be added in early June by Allegiant at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.

The flights are seasonal and will end in mid-August, according to airport spokewoman Amy Caudill. The Allegiant flight goes to the Baltimore airport.

Allegiant is offering some introductory one-way fares for $39, but they are not available on all flights. Tickets must be bought by Wednesday for travel by Aug. 16. Using a credit card could add $8 per passenger to the bill.

“We’re very excited to offer residents of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region their only ultra-low-cost, nonstop option to visit these historical and exciting destinations,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning in a news release.

The flights to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport begin June 2 and the flights to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport begin June 3.

“These new flights reflect the growth in our economy and make us more competitive as we work to attract new employers and good jobs,” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said about the news.

Allegiant already offers flights from Lexington to Orlando, Tampa Bay, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.

Caudill said that Allegiant started at Blue Grass Airport with two flights in 2008 and now offers 25 flights a week, making up 20 percent of the airport’s market.

New Allegiant flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport — to Washington D.C./Baltimore and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. — were also announced Tuesday.

Flights and times can be found on Allegiant's website.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

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