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Allegiant Air is returning to RDM with twice-weekly flights to both Las Vegas and Phoenix


Seven years after Allegiant Air stopped its 5-year-old Redmond-to-Las Vegas flights, the low-cost airline is returning to RDM this fall with year-round, twice-weekly flights to both Las Vegas and Phoenix, the company announced Tuesday.

The Redmond-Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) flights begin Thursday, Oct. 3 and the flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) the next day, using Airbus A320-family aircraft, according to several news reports.

Allegiant's return to Redmond makes them the sixth airline serving the airport, joining Alaska Air, American, United, Delta and Sun Country, the latter another budget airline which announced in April it will offer seasonal twice-a-week nonstop flights between Redmond and Las Vegas for three months, starting Sept. 5.

Redmond is one of three cities Allegiant Air is adding to its route map, the others being State College, Pennsylvania and Traverse City, Michigan. A total of 10 routes are being added, the Las Vegas-based airline said.

“We’re excited to continue our growth by adding 10 new route options and three new cities to the Allegiant network,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant's vice-president of planning and revenue. “We know customers will love having our convenient, friendly service out of their hometown airport to great destinations across the country.”

The airline pulled out of Roberts Field in 2012, citing lack of demand, after also adding flights between RDM and Phoenix, as well as the Bay Area (Oakland) during its five-year presence.