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Flights between Pittsburgh International Airport, Sarasota begin

Theresa Clift
| Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:09 a.m.
An Allegiant airplane pulls into Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday, June 4, 2015.
Heidi Murrin | Trib Total Media
An Allegiant airplane pulls into Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to Sarasota-Brandenton, Fla., launched Wednesday.

Ultra-low fare carrier Allegiant will offer twice-weekly service to the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball spring training facilities year-round.

The flights will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, said Alyson Walls, an airport spokeswoman. Starting in May, they will switch to Thursdays and Sundays.

The schedule will vary in April, Walls said. Starting in May, the flight will depart Pittsburgh at about 12:30 p.m. and arrive back in Pittsburgh at about 6 p.m.

The airline announced it would launch service to Sarasota-Bradenton and Charleston on Jan. 9.

One day later, regional airline Elite Airways cancelled its plans to launch service to Sarasota-Brandenton, which was set to start in time for spring training on Feb. 24.

The seasonal Charleston flights launched this month .

The airport paid Allegiant a marketing incentive of $28,500 for each flight, said Bob Kerlik, airport spokesman.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, or via Twitter @tclift.

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