Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 5:02 p.m.
Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant Air this week announced plans to offer flights between Twin Falls, Idaho, and Las Vegas.
The twice-weekly service launches June 17.
Twin Falls and the Magic Valley in southern Idaho are already known as a drive-in feeder market for the northern Nevada casino town of Jackpot.
Twin Falls is also a gateway to the resort area of Sun Valley, Idaho.
Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant chairman and chief executive officer, said this will be the only nonstop service between Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls and Las Vegas.
The carrier will use a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route that operates on Fridays and Mondays.
The airline said its market research and input from community leaders indicate Magic Valley residents will welcome the new nonstop flights as an affordable alternative to connecting flights or long drives to other airports in cities such as Boise and Salt Lake City.