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Allegiant Airlines is announcing expanded service from Omaha.

Allegiant Airlines will begin flying from Omaha to the Florida Panhandle.

The budget airline announced Tuesday a new nonstop flight from Omaha’s Eppley Airfield to the Destin/Fort Walton Beach Airport.

The flight will begin June 7 and will operate seasonally.

With the addition of the new twice-weekly flight, Allegiant will fly nonstop to six destinations from Omaha: to the Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa areas; to Fort Myers, Florida; and to Las Vegas.

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“We’re pleased that Allegiant has recognized the strong travel demand from Omaha to the Florida Panhandle,” said Steve McCoy, the Omaha airport’s manager for airline affairs. “The white sand beaches of the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area represent a part of the popular Gulf Coast previously unserved by nonstop flights from Omaha.”

The airport has added new nonstop destinations across several airlines as its passenger counts show strong growth: Last year’s figures haven’t been compiled for the full year, but as of the end of November, the airport had logged 9.5 percent growth in passengers over 2017’s figures for the same period.

If it holds for the full year, that kind of increase would beat that of 2017, when Eppley had its biggest-ever year with about 4.6 million passengers, logging a 6 percent increase in passengers from 2016.

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