Wow! The news from Allegiant keeps getting better this week! Monday we shared news about their new nonstop service between Greensboro, N.C., (GSO)  and the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) and yesterday we were happy to learn about new service between Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR) and Charlotte County. Today we are over the MOON with news of yet another city now connected to Southwest Florida with nonstop flights, Lexington, K.Y. (LEX)! Check out this media release from Allegiant announcing the new service. The airline also offers service from Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. and Knoxville, Tenn. We look forward to welcoming folks from all of these markets and invite them to take advantage of our good nature. LEXINGTON, Ky. —Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced new, nonstop jet service between Lexington, Ky., and the Fort Myers, Fla. area will begin Nov. 18. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will celebrate the new, low-cost service to the Punta Gorda Airport, conveniently located on the Southwest Florida Coast, with sunny introductory fares as low as $44.99* each way. "We're pleased to announce yet another affordable and convenient way for our customers to get away," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. "We are confident central Kentucky will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to the Fort Myers area and the great deals we offer on hotels and car rentals." "We are so pleased with Allegiant's announcement today," Eric Frankl, Executive Director of Blue Grass Airport, said.  "Southwest Florida is a destination that travelers in central Kentucky will be very excited about.  Allegiant's low fares and large aircraft have been well received throughout Kentucky, and we are fortunate to have them operate out of Blue Grass Airport." The new flights will operate twice weekly between Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Lexington at 10:15 a.m. arriving in Punta Gorda Airport at 12:30 p.m. Flights leaving Punta Gorda Airport will depart at 4:30 p.m. arriving in Lexington at 6:45 p.m. (all flight times are local).  The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.  The company also offers low-cost, nonstop flights from Lexington to Orlando and the Tampa Bay, Fla. area. Catering perfectly to a personal, romantic or family getaway, the Southwest Florida Coast destination features exquisite beach-front dining, exotic wildlife and a wide variety of recreation in the warm, pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Punta Gorda Airport is centrally located midway between the white-sand beaches of Fort Myers shore and Sarasota’s tropical island communities.  Fort Myers is world famous for its shelling, fishing and natural preservation and Sarasota for its islands and street-market styled downtown, saturated with arts and culture.  Known for its variety of beautiful settings, Charlotte Harbor has been recognized by Sail Magazine as one of the "10 Greatest Places to sail in the United States," Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America" and Money Magazine as the "Best Places to Live in the South." Allegiant's $44.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Oct. 12, 2010, and is valid for travel through March 8, 2011. Introductory fares are not available on all flights. After the introductory fare period, regular one-way fares on the route start as low as $54.99.  Reservations can be made on the company's website at or by calling the company’s travel experts at 702-505-8888. About the $44.99* one-way fare: * Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Oct. 12, 2010 for travel through March 8, 2011. Offer not available: Nov. 20-30, 2010, Dec. 18-31, 2010 and Jan. 1-3, 2011.  Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger will apply when booked on A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger, plus $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Air Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call-center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of $14.99-$29.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. About the Company Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies list.