PLATTSBURGH As winter approaches, Plattsburgh International Airport and Allegiant Air have announced new nonstop service to a typically warmer and sunnier destination. The Las Vegas-based airline carrier will begin offering flights from Plattsburgh International to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Tampa Bay, Fla., beginning Dec. 20. Tyri Squyres, a spokesperson for Allegiant Air, said the airline is excited to offer the new nonstop service to the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay region. The Plattsburgh market continues to be just a very good market for us and were very happy, particularly, with the traffic weve seen from the Canadian side, said Squyres. It really has allowed us to grow and obviously, adding a new market like St. Pete-Tampa reinforces our commitment and appreciation of the market. Allegiant Air which began nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale last November and flights to Orlando in February will launch the new scheduled service with two flights weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Plattsburgh at 6:25 p.m., arriving in Tampa Bay at 9:55 p.m.; flights leaving Tampa Bay will depart at 2:30 p.m., arriving in the Plattsburgh at 5:45 p.m. The airline will utilize 150-seat, MD-80 series, jet-aircraft on the route. While airlines nationwide have been reducing their number of flights or canceling routes altogether, Plattsburgh International is among those seeing business increase, said Garry F. Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. That, in part, is due to a steady flow of customers from across the border, he said, with more than 80 percent of passengers flying out of Plattsburgh coming from Quebec. While most airports are losing service, and some are being left with no service at all, Plattsburgh is growing. That's because of our position as Montreal's U.S. Airport and the success we have had in luring Quebecers here, said Douglas. The success of Plattsburgh International to date has also been a factor in attracting new airlines and increasing service for existing ones, such as Allegiant, said Douglas. Allegiant has proven that our model works and that our market area is a real business opportunity for the right airlines, he said. While air travel is in a national lull right now, with most air carriers still coping with higher fuel costs and making no commitments to new service, the conversations continue and we are in a very good position as soon as some of them are ready to grow again. In a statement from deputy county administrator Rodney Brown, Brown said, Allegiant provides excellent service and its clear the demand for air travel to Florida from Plattsburgh continues to be strong. The new service will feature introductory fares as low as $99 each way for tickets purchased by Nov. 5 for travel by Feb. 5, 2009. Additional charges such as security and convenience fees and other condition will apply. The offer wont be valid Dec. 20-31 and Jan. 1-5, 2009. Allegiants vacations division will also allow customers to arrange vacation packages at premier Florida resorts for as low as $402 per person, base on a three-night hotel stay. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the airlines reservations center at 1-702-505-8888 or visit www.allegiantair.com.