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Allegiant pulling service between ILM and Orlando


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Allegiant Air announced as of January 25, it will no longer provide non-stop service to Orlando, Florida.

Allegiant says its primary reason is that decreasing loads and future advanced bookings are not meeting their financial performance projections.

Allegiant has flown out of ILM since April 2008. The airport says it is sorry to see the airline pull its service to Orlando/Sanford from ILM.

"Orlando is our number two top destination and has historically been a very successful market for us," Airport Director Jon Rosborough said in a statement. "We will be working aggressively to market this non stop service to our existing carriers as well as other carriers in hope of finding a replacement. Of course our customers can still get to Orlando by booking with our current carriers, Delta and US Airways."

Allegiant will contact customers to inform them of the decision and provide options to those who have made reservations for future flights out of ILM, to include a full refund.

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Allegiant WHY

I've flown this flight round-trip several times a year, ... it's always a packed flight, ... and so says many other customers. Truly bummed to discover they canceled this route! Their 'reasoning' doesn't 'fly'!


Has anyone reading this article been able to get through to Allegiant and get a refund for a future booking? I received notification about the cancellation but I have been trying non-stop to email, call, leave voicemails, etc...I can't get anyone to respond to me. As of today I got a weird email stating I was given new intinerary and to click on a link in the email. I emailed back and the email was returned to me. I have a feeling something else is going on with them if they can't even email or call people back in cases like this. Don't trust them!!!

I live in Swansboro and have

I live in Swansboro and have second home 2 hours south of Sanford. I keep a car at Sanford. I have been flying Allegiant since they stared flying to Kinston and subsquently to Wilmington.This really kills my capability to get to south Florida.I don't understand why thy are dicontinuing when every time I fly the flight is nearly booked.

(Quote): "Allegiant says its

"Allegiant says its primary reason is that decreasing loads and future advanced bookings are not meeting their financial performance projections." (Unquote)
Looks like the new trendy bean counters have failed again!

I drive

to orlando every year and fly out of there for my annual vacation and it is still cheaper after paying for gas and parking then to fly out of Wilmington, raleigh or MB. I will only fly out of ilm if I am not footing the bill. With the two worst airlines (USuck air and Delta) I will never use the airport and discourage any family or friends from flying into there also.

Another one bites the dust...

Once again, it's even EASIER to Fly ILM ... now with fewer lines at the gate.

Myrtle Beach

Well, Now that Allegiant Air is pulling out the travelers are going to head (again) to Myrtle Beach to fly to Orlando. I know that if you listen to the news the airport says that bookings are up. But what you really need to look at is how many of those bookings are business travel. The average person isn't paying the higher priced airline ticket their company is.

The average family is going to head south to Myrtle Beach and NOT fly ILM.
ILM can say that this isn't true. BUt think about it why would a famliy of 4 pay an extra $100.00 per ticket

MB airport

Why would a family of 4 pay an extra $100 per ticket you ask? Convenience my friend. Once you factor in gas, which can easily average $50 each way, plus parking which is around $8 per day, plus that extra meal your family is going to want to eat since you have had to leave for the airport 3-4 hour early, you really aren't saving very much. Trust me I have tried flying my family in and out of myrtle. Furthermore, if you compare USAIR and Delta fares, Wilmington is often cheaper than MB. Getting a friend to pick your family up at ILM, not having to pay for any parking, and getting home 10 minutes after you arrived at the airport is priceless.

This particular flight is

This particular flight is different, price wise, compared to most going out of ILM. I just got back from Florida and my round trip was only $140 or so, including picking emergency exit seats and one carry on.

I lost my round trip flight that was $99 I had already paid for in March. I get refunded, but I can't even drive down there for $99.

Every time I have been on this flight it has been packed. It was a great deal and I hate to see it go.

Too Bad

Sad to see this flight leave as we have used it before and were planning to use it in late Feb.

At the end of the day ILM is still a pretty good value for flying and I have rarely seen THAT big of a better deal from another airport 1-2 hours away.

FLying out of ILM allows for cheaper parking, (or none if you get dropped off) and doesn't require spending the additional gas and potentially a hotel room depending on the flight times.

I fly out of ILM about 30-40 times a year for business and pleasure.