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Jon Knutson, Published February 19 2009

Allegiant adds Fargo-to-LA flight

Fargo-Moorhead-area residents soon will find it easier to wing their way to the City of Angels.

Las-Vegas Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service between Fargo and Los Angeles International Airport on May 23.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning at Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

“This is great news. There’s so much to do and see in Los Angeles,” said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International.

The new flights will operate two times weekly, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, between Fargo and L.A.

Allegiant will use 150-seat MD-80 series jets on the route.

Dobberstein estimated leisure travel will account for about 80 percent of Allegiant’s Fargo-Los Angeles business, with business travel accounting for the rest.

Los Angeles is an attractive destination for travelers of all ages, said Cindy Tyo-Browen, owner/manager of Travel Leaders in Fargo.

“It’s really exciting to get Los Angeles service,” she said.

Allegiant began service out of Fargo in November 2005 with nonstop service to Las Vegas.

It later added Fargo flights to Phoenix-Mesa and Orlando, Fla.

“Fargo has consistently demonstrated it’s an attractive market for us,” said Tyri Squyres, an Allegiant spokeswoman in Las Vegas.

This will be the seventh nonstop destination from Fargo.

The others are Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa and Orlando.

Also, Delta announced late last year that in June it will begin offering direct flights between Fargo and Salt Lake City.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jonathan Knutson at (701) 241-5530