Orlando A Go-Go with Allegiant Air's first flight

With sunglasses and flip-flops in tow, nearly 100 southern Illinois area residents took off for the fun and sun of Orlando, Fla. as low-fare airline, Allegiant Air kicked off the only nonstop, scheduled service from MidAmerica St. Louis to the Sunshine State.

"We are extremely pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop, jet service to the Southern Illinois community," Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled nonstop service between MidAmerica St. Louis and Orlando."

The new service operates twice weekly, with service Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will depart MidAmeria St. Louis Airport at 6:05 p.m. arriving in Orlando at 9:20 p.m. Flights leaving Orlando will depart at 4:10 p.m. arriving in MidAmerica St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. (all flight times are local.)