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Allegiant suspends Duluth-Phoenix flights

Allegiant Air is suspending its flights between Duluth and Phoenix-Mesa beginning June 1 and won’t resume the service until December.

The seasonal suspension, among many announced by the Las Vegas-based discount airlines in recent days, is due to fewer travelers to some of its destinations during the summer.

“Seasonality varies from market to market,” explained Justin Ralenkotter, an Allegiant spokesperson. “We’re seeing less people traveling to Phoenix during the summer months. It’s hot there in the summer. There’s not as many people looking to escape to the heat. That’s the crux of the change.”

Customers who already have reservations for the Phoenix flights during the suspension time will be contacted by Allegiant for a full refund, according to a release.

While Allegiant typically suspends its Duluth-Orlando service during the summer and into fall, this is the first time it has suspended its Duluth-Phoenix service since it was launched in 2011.

The suspension comes on the heels of other suspensions in the region, including Allegiant’s Fargo-St. Petersburg, Fla., flights which will halt on May 19 and will probably resume in December, in time for the holiday travel season.

Rochester didn’t fare as well.

Its sole Allegiant service, to Phoenix-Mesa, will end on May 14, with no plans to resume service.

“We’re always evaluating our routes,” Ralenkotter said. “We’re constantly looking at what the demand is going forward. We’re always trying to optimize market demand and to use our planes effectively.”

Allegiant’s direct flights between Duluth and Las Vegas aren’t affected.