Allegiant cancels remaining flights between Minnesota and Destin for the summer season

Allegiant Air has canceled its remaining summer season non-stop flights between St. Cloud, Minnesota and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, according to an announcement from St. Cloud Regional Airport.

This announcement comes after struggles to find employees and crew to handle the increased traffic for both Allegiant Airlines and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

  • According to Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, 40,000 people came through the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport during the Fourth of July Weekend.

“The labor shortage has been exacerbated by bad weather and issues related to critical infrastructure at airports in the south as well,” wrote St. Cloud Regional Airport in a statement. “This is problematic for many airlines and airports across the country and has now affected the travel plans for those using St. Cloud Regional Airport.”

Unprecedented numbers: At last Tuesday’s County Budget Workshop, Airport Director Tracy Stage told the Commissioners that the airport has seen “unprecedented numbers.”

  • 214,000 passengers in May 2021
  • According to Stage, this is a new record for the airport.
  • June 2021 numbers are not in yet but Stage says he confident they will be in the double-digit growth.

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