Pulling onto stand at a rather grey and overcast Rochester Airport is the inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale on 9 October as passengers waited to check-in. The 1,907-kilometre sector between Florida and New York State will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Although the first flight was operated with one of Allegiant Air’s A320s, flights are scheduled to be operated using its 166-seater MD80s according to OAG.
- Allegiant Air commenced services between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Rochester (ROC) on 9 October. The 1,907-kilometre sector will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, while also not facing direct competition from any incumbent carriers. Although the first flight was operated by one of the carrier’s A320s, OAG Schedules Analyser data shows that the route will normally be flown by Allegiant’s MD80s, the most common aircraft in its fleet. While this is the airline’s first service to Rochester, it is Allegiant’s 14th route from Fort Lauderdale. From 13 November, the carrier will introduce its second route from Rochester to Orlando Sanford, also in Florida. Mike Giardino, Director of Aviation at Rochester Airport, commented about the links to Florida by saying: “”We are primarily a business airport, but for leisure, leisure is big, and we all know, we don’t like the nasty weather in the winter, so to have a Florida destination is huge for us.” The latest route launch by Allegiant follows on from the four sectors it introduced last week to its rapidly expanding network. See how Rochester Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.