(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is pleased to announce that Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service from four destinations beginning early February 2015, just in time for Mardi Gras. The nonstop destinations include Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Orlando-Sanford, FL. Allegiant will operate from Concourse C.

Allegiant Air is a U.S. domestic low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel Co. that operates scheduled and charter service from America's favorite small cities to world-class destinations like New Orleans. Allegiant was founded in 1997 and has been named one of America's 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. The company operates low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger aircraft, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. Travel may be booked at www.allegiantair.com.

In commemoration of Allegiant's debut in New Orleans, the carrier is also offering local travelers the opportunity to win free* Allegiant flights for an entire year. One lucky winner and a friend will fly free from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport as frequently as once a month for a year. To enter, visit www.Allegiant.com/FreeFlights.

"We welcome Allegiant to the New Orleans market," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "This airline will play a major role in introducing our wonderful city to new visitors from even more communities across the U.S."

"Allegiant Air is a welcomed addition to Armstrong International, and we look forward to the incremental tourism passengers they will bring to New Orleans," said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. "In addition to more tourism, Allegiant's service will offer our local community new options for travel at ultra-low costs."

"The addition of Allegiant will allow easier access for guests to visit our great City of New Orleans and an opportunity for our citizens to enjoy improved air service," stated New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.

"We have been in discussions with Allegiant Air since I came to New Orleans, and we are very pleased to announce our efforts have paid off," said Iftikhar Ahmad, Airport Director of Aviation. "This service creates new nonstop destinations for New Orleans and breaks all previous records for total nonstop destinations with 43 destinations. We look forward to their success and growth in New Orleans as their newest destination city."

*About the free flight giveaway:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 and older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends Nov. 26, 2014. Subject to complete official rules at www.Allegiant.com/FreeFlights.

Michelle C. Wilcut
New Orleans Aviation Board
Deputy Director and Chief Customer Service Officer
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Office: 504.303.7552
Cell: 504-628-0250