Monday, October 18, 2010

Non-stop Elmira-Fort Lauderdale!

The Elmira-Corning Airport is getting non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale just in time for Thanksgiving, and fares are starting at $45 each way plus tax (based on availability). Allegiant Airlines is flying twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) and the schedule is offered through May 2011 as of this posting.

The flight times aren’t ideal:
Elmira-Fort Lauderdale 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale-Elmira 4:10 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

This is a great option for flexible folks visiting family, but it is not recommended if you have a fixed schedule (and NEVER for cruise passengers). Allegiant is a charter airline, and the government rules regulating them are very different from the commercial airlines (like Delta and US Airways). If Friday's flight is cancelled (for weather, mechanical issues, whatever), they must book you on the next available flight or provide a refund. Hopefully, Monday's flight has seats available, so you'll only be 3 days late... They will not re-accommodate you on another airline. Here's a link to their Contract of Carriage, look at number 85.

Allegiant Airlines is based in Las Vegas, and was founded in 1997. They started flying from Elmira two years ago with non-stop flights to Orlando's Sanford Airport (here's the link to my post).