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Allegiant launching direct flight from St. Pete-Clearwater to Portsmouth, N.H.

The new flight is part of a nationwide network expansion for the low-cost carrier.
An airport worker drives passed parked Allegiant Airlines planes at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Aug. 25, 2020 in Clearwater.
An airport worker drives passed parked Allegiant Airlines planes at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Aug. 25, 2020 in Clearwater. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Feb. 17

Native New Englanders living in Florida now have a new way to get back home.

Allegiant Airlines has announced a new direct flight between St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, N.H. The flights begin June 2.

This will be the low-cost carrier’s 54th direct route in and out of St. Pete-Clearwater. This year it’s already launched a flight to Fargo, N.D., and this spring will begin flying to Little Rock,, Ark.

The news comes a week after Allegiant, the largest carrier at St. Pete-Clearwater International, announced plans to expand its network by 34 flights nationwide, linking with cities like Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville. A few of those routes will be from Central Florida, including Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to Concord, N.C.; and Punta Gorda Airport to Rapid City, S.D.

“There is a lot of pent-up demand for travel to cities that offer a gateway to great outdoor experiences,” Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue, said in a statement. “We expect (the routes) all to be popular, as visitors continue to seek ways to get outside.”

Related: Tampa International Airport reports fewest annual travelers since 1993

Allegiant remains hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with January’s passenger traffic down more than 48 percent from January 2020. St. Pete-Clearwater’s January traffic was down 41 percent from the year before.