Allegiant changes days of L.A., Vegas flights

Allegiant Air will change its flight schedule in and out of Grand Junction Regional Airport starting in mid-May.

Beginning May 18, the budget airline will offer service to and from Los Angeles and Las Vegas on Fridays and Mondays only. Allegiant currently offers direct flights to those two cities through Grand Junction on Thursdays and Sundays only.

The airline has offered flights between Grand Junction and Los Angeles on Thursdays and Sundays since the flights began in May 2009. Allegiant’s flights between Las Vegas and Grand Junction have seen more change. Grand Junction Regional Airport Manager Rex Tippetts said the airline started with flights to and from Las Vegas on Wednesdays and Saturdays in July 2006. The airline switched to Thursdays and Sunday, then to Fridays and Mondays and back to Thursdays and Sundays in the past few years.

Tippetts said he is not sure when all of those changes occurred, but the current Thursday and Sunday schedule has been going “quite awhile.” He said he’s not surprised by Allegiant’s decision to change the flight schedule, though.

“It all depends on their aircraft availability,” he said of scheduling. “With Allegiant you never know what they’re going to do.”

Allegiant spokeswoman Kristine Shattuck-Cooper said Tuesday she wasn’t sure why the change had been made, but it likely is based on what works best for clientele.

“We constantly monitor all of our flights and make changes accordingly, based on customer demand and other factors,” she said.

The flights to Los Angeles will leave Grand Junction at 3:50 p.m. on those two days, and flights to Grand Junction on Mondays and Fridays will leave Los Angeles at 5:30 p.m., according to Allegiant’s website.

Allegiant flights will leave Grand Junction for Las Vegas at 9:05 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays and leave Las Vegas for Grand Junction at 12:45 p.m. on those days.

Thursday and Sunday flights will continue to and from Los Angeles and Las Vegas until the change is made in mid-May. Allegiant will also offer flights between Grand Junction and Las Vegas on Tuesdays and Saturdays in March alone.

Flight schedules through Grand Junction have not been posted past Aug. 13 on Allegiant’s website. The site commonly shows schedules at least six months out.


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