February 2, 2014
Allegiant Airlines is leaving the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport after providing flights to Orlando for less than three months.
Allegiant announced Friday that starting Feb. 23, all flights will be canceled for the independent airline. They started flying out of Charlottesville with not-stop flights to Orlando on Nov. 21 of last year.
Customers and frequent flyers that enjoy the cheap flights and the easy non-stop service were upset by the change.
“It's a cheap airline and inexpensive to fly to Florida,” says David Welch. “It's a great price, I think.”
“I have a son that lives in Sanford, so this has been very convenient for me and I'm very disappointed that they are leaving,” says Fran Valente. “I don't understand why we can't have Allegiant here in Charlottesville.”
Allegiant said the demand did not meet expectations to sustain service, but customers with reservations after Feb. 23 will be contacted for a full refund.