A no-frills airline is starting twice-weekly service connecting St. Cloud and the Fort Myers area, a popular Florida destination for Minnesotans seeking to flee winter weather and maybe take in a Twins spring training game or two.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air announced Tuesday that the seasonal nonstop connection will start Nov. 15, and that fares will be available for as little as $69 each way.
The new route, offering flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, was one of 28 that the airline announced that will connect various northern points with warmer ones to the south and west.
The scheduled departure time from St. Cloud on Nov. 15 is 10:30 a.m., with arrival to the airport north of Fort Myers at 3:15 p.m. In the other direction, takeoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m., with a 4:55 p.m. arrival time.
Krysta Levy, a spokeswoman for Allegiant, said that the airline has not set a firm date for when the connection would end for the season, but said it certainly will run until Easter, which next year falls on April 1.
Allegiant also offers flights between St. Cloud and the Phoenix-Mesa airport.
The St. Cloud Airport is municipally operated and is a few miles east of downtown, making it a convenient option for travelers who live north and west of the Twin Cities. It offers free parking for travelers.