Allegiant Air plans to begin offering more scheduled service to Florida in November.

The Las Vegas-based discount carrier announced Aug. 12 plans to start a seasonal non-stop route between Fort Wayne International Airport and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Nov. 24.

Sarasota County is on Florida’s southwest coast, and Sarasota is about 130 miles southwest of Orlando, a major theme park hub.

Sarasota also is about 50 miles northwest of Fort Myers/Punta Gorda and about 40 miles south of Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, where Allegiant already has service between Fort Wayne International and airports on Florida’s southwest coast.

“The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority works hard to attract and retain new air service to northeast Indiana and this is a direct result of those efforts,” Scott Hinderman, the authority’s executive director of airports, said in a statement.

“Allegiant has been a great partner with FWA over the years and we are excited to see that partnership continue to grow into new markets. This new route adds yet another low-cost nonstop destination for northeast Indiana residents to enjoy.”

Allegiant is known for its vacation packages that include air travel. The new route between Fort Wayne and Sarasota will operate two days per week through late spring next year.

Sarasota will be the sixth Allegiant destination out of Fort Wayne; the three that are not on Florida’s southwest coast are Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and its other seasonal destinations of Myrtle Beach and Orlando/Sanford.

Sarasota will be FWA’s 13th nonstop destination, and the authority plans to celebrate the start of the new route with a social media contest to win two free tickets to the airport there.

Sharing a favorite beach photo on an FWA Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account enters you into the contest. The authority will select a winner Sept. 30.

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