DESTIN, Fla. (WMBB) — Allegiant announced five new flights to Destin-Fort Walton Beach.
The new seasonal routes to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) include Boston, Dayton, Houston, Chicago and Hudson Valley, New York.
“The new nonstop routes will operate twice-weekly, bringing thousands of passengers to the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area, contributing to visitor spending in the local economy,” officials wrote in a news release. “Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.”
Allegiant is offering fares as low as $33 on its new routes. Flights to Boston and Dayton will begin May 14, while Hudson Valley flights will begin May 21. Houston and Chicago routes will begin June 5.
The announcement has Okaloosa County officials looking forward to what’s ahead.
“We’re very excited to be able to introduce this. This has a huge economic impact on our area because it creates jobs, it also brings tourists here and then people. When they come here and lay on these wonderful beaches in the middle of winter say ‘I wanna move here,'” Carolyn Ketchel, Vice Chairman on the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, said.
Allegiant officials added that Destin is one of the most popular destinations on the Emerald Coast and Kitchel says VPS is the fastest-growing airport in the United States.
“Allegiant has delivered extraordinary compounding impacts to our region. The success story continues with five more great routes into the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. Allegiant has transformed our airport’s horizon and today, hundreds of new jobs have been created, the economy is booming and families are arriving to enjoy our white sand beaches and emerald green waters. Salute to Allegiant as we celebrate in our partnership,” said Ketchel.