Allegiant Air brings L.A. flight back to Tri-Cities

By Kristi Pihl, Herald staff writerFebruary 13, 2013 

Allegiant Air's Los Angeles flight is returning to Pasco's Tri-Cities Airport this June.

The twice a week flight will resume June 7, said Jessica Wheeler, spokeswoman for Allegiant.

The Pasco-to-Los Angeles service was discontinued in August, said Ron Foraker, Tri-Cities Airport director.

Wheeler said the flight never was canceled. Allegiant Air was having some issues with gate space at LAX.

"It was on a temporary seasonal hiatus," she said.

Allegiant Air started offering flights between Pasco and Los Angeles in 2010.

Foraker said he's happy to see the service return to the Tri-Cities Airport.

"It should be very popular for families to get down to California," he said.

Up to 166 passengers can travel on each flight between Pasco and Los Angeles, Wheeler said.

Having the flights back also should add to total boardings, which will help the airport in its efforts to expand the terminal for current and future needs, Foraker said.

The $32 million to $36 million project will double the space of the terminal and provide more room for everything from ticketing and security to waiting for planes.

One of the ways the expansion may be paid for is by using passenger facility charges that are part of airline tickets.

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