Everyone wants to get to Orlando, mid-Florida mecca of all that’s entertaining. Preferably, they’d like to get there nonstop. That’s where discount airline Allegiant comes in. The carrier plans to resume seasonal nonstop service from Shreveport to Orlando’s Sanford International Airport May 19.
Allegiant’s MD-80 twinjets will make the trip twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. Shreveport flights to Orlando depart at 4:25 p.m. and get to central Florida at 7:30 p.m. Returning Orlando to Shreveport flights leave Orlando Sanford at 2:25 p.m., and arrive at 3:45 p.m.
It’s not that Ark-La-Tex (the region encompassing northeastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas) flyers haven’t been able to access Orlando, it’s just that they’ve had to connect. They’ve had four options: American Airlines via Dallas/Fort Worth, Continental over Houston Bush Intercontinental, or Delta via Memphis or Atlanta. Allegiant is betting customers prefer nonstops.
Allegiant specializes in flying families to Orlando from smaller airports. Certainly there’s plenty to see and do when they get there: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World are the prime draws. If shopping’s the lure, there are ample places to spend your money. Orlando’s International Drive is a ten-mile swath sporting more than 450 stores, two major outlet malls, and some 100-plus places to stay. Golf for dad while mom and the kids do Disney? There are more than 175 courses in the area.
As for the airport, Orlando Sanford caters to discount airlines. It’s a smaller, comparatively less frenetic alternative to Orlando International.
Story by Jerry Chandler