Allegiant hits 40-million Florida flyers, hands out fare and fee refunds

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Forty-million-plus.

Allegiant Air reckons that’s how many passengers it has served in Florida since launching flights in the Sunshine State 13 years ago.

To celebrate that milestone, the carrier on Thursday surprised passengers about to embark on a morning flight from Florida’s Punta Gorda Airport (airport code PGD) to Cincinnati with some welcome news: Allegiant would refund their full round-trip fares, seat and bag fees.

Amid hearty applause and a few joyful whoops, Allegiant spokeswoman Kimberley Schaefer continued, addressing passengers: “We’re so grateful for the support we have from airport partners like PGD … and we’re really grateful to you. Thank you so much, for traveling with us.”

Similar celebrations were planned throughout the day at Allegiant’s other Florida airports, which include Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Orlando-Sanford and Destin.

El Jobean resident Theresa Bruce, 56, called the gesture “pretty sweet.” Bruce, who’s flying north to attend a funeral, thinks her refund will be about $200.

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