SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Allegiant Airlines will announce a new non-stop flight from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Tuesday morning.
Beginning November 1, Allegiant will begin flying to Tampa Bay through the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. That has many people excited for what else this means for the airport.
As Suzie Palmtag gets ready to board her flight, the buzz of a new direct flight to Sioux Falls has her excited.
"I would love to see more options; I think it’s good for all of the airlines. Competition is a good thing," Palmtag said.
She says coming to this area from Madison, Wisconsin only allows her so many options.
"My options are Sioux Falls or Sioux City, unfortunately going to northwest Iowa there are not a lot of options," Palmtag said.
On Tuesday, Allegiant has announced their latest direct flight to the Tampa Bay Area which according to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Executive Director this could just be the beginning of more flights.
"Delta just announced or made the decision to have their main flight to Atlanta be year around or at least through spring but we hoping it will continue year around," executive director Dan Letellier said.
And on the heels of the airport’s busiest month ever, that’s a very good thing.
"We had about 44,000 people fly out of Sioux Falls in the month of July. So, it was the busiest month we have ever had," Letellier said.
While no other plans have been set, Letellier says the talks are always happening. And that’s a good thing for travelers.
"The more options, the better the choices," Palmtag said.
This new direct flight is among 18 routes and ten new cities being announced Tuesday, marking 99 U.S. locations served by Allegiant.
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