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Pittsburgh airport adds direct flight to Savannah, Ga.

| Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 7:21 a.m.

Allegiant Air's next nonstop destination out of Pittsburgh International Airport will be Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia.

Officials announced the seasonal flight Tuesday.

The airline will offer service to Savannah on Mondays and Fridays beginning April 8. One-way fares are available for $39 for flights booked by Jan. 13. Service will last through mid-November.

Pittsburgh last had nonstop service to the Savannah airport on a US Airways flight that was discontinued in February 2008.

Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, said officials discussed offering service to Savannah since Allegiant began offering service from Pittsburgh in February.

“We're on a roll,” Cassotis said. “The industry has woken up to the fact that Pittsburgh has changed and there are a number of service opportunities here that make sense. And we're going after them, and the airlines are responding.”

Adding nonstop service to Savannah continues the goal of increasing destinations and passenger traffic, Cassotis said. As of January, Pittsburgh had nonstop service to 52 airports.

Allegiant serves nine markets nonstop from Pittsburgh: Myrtle Beach, S.C., New Orleans and seven airports in Florida.

“We're excited to give travelers in Pittsburgh the opportunity to visit Savannah and the neighboring beaches of Hilton Head,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant senior vice president of planning, in a news release. “We're confident that travelers will enjoy exploring the South with Allegiant's low-cost, nonstop airfare and vacation packages.”

Melissa Daniels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8511 or mdaniels@tribweb.com.

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