Allegiant Air is launching nonstop service between Minot in North Dakota and Phoenix-Mesa in Arizona on March 3.

Allegiant Air is launching nonstop service between Minot in North Dakota and Phoenix-Mesa in Arizona on March 3.

The company will introduce the new service to Magic City residents with fares from $89.99 one-way plus government taxes and fees and Allegiant’s fees, which include its almost-unavoidable “convenience” fee for buying the ticket anywhere but at an Allegiant Air airport ticket desk.

Allegiant’s offer is not available on all flights and must be purchased by February 2, 2011. Reservations may be made at or by calling Allegiant at 702-505-8888.

“I want to thank Allegiant for recognizing the opportunity to bring direct air service from Minot to Mesa,” says Mesa’s Mayor, Curt Zimbelman. “I know the people of this region appreciate the nonstop, low-cost flights and will support the service. 2010 was a banner year for the airport and this will help to make 2011 another great year.”

Allegiant Air operates a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-82s and MD-83s on all its domestic U.S. mainland routes, but the airline has agreed a deal to buy six Boeing 757-200s for flights between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii

“This is a great announcement for Minot and one many people will be excited about,” says Wendy Howe, executive director of the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Phoenix-Mesa was determined as one of the top destinations for people flying out of Minot and I know this route will be a great benefit to both business and leisure travelers.”

“We are pleased Allegiant has the confidence in this region to expand air service so quickly to a highly desired market,” says Andy Solsvig, director of Minot International Airport. “The community and regional support for our current air service has been outstanding. Please continue to support MOT and our new destination market Phoenix-Mesa.”

Allegiant Air’s flights will operate twice weekly between Minot International Airport (MOT) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), on Thursdays and Sundays.

Its flight will depart MOT at 6:35 p.m. and arrive at IWA at 8:25 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the flight will leave IWA at 2:10 p.m. and land at MOT at 5:55 p.m. local time.

Allegiant Air began nonstop service from Minot to Las Vegas on October 22, 2010.

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