McAllen International Airport announces new nonstop flight to Phoenix

McAllen International Airport staff and advisory board members joined Robert Lopez, interim vice-president of Visit McAllen for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce; McAllen District 5 City Commissioner Victor “Seby” Haddad; McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E.; McAllen Economic Development Corp. President Keith Patridge; McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; and McAllen District 2 City Commissioner Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora to help “launch” Allegiant Air’s inaugural flight to Phoenix, Arizona next week, along with various promotions and prizes, with a toy plane launch today. Courtesy photo.

McALLEN — In a statement released Thursday, the city of McAllen announced new nonstop service from McAllen International Airport to Phoenix, Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport starting Oct. 3.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Allegiant Air and are excited to be working with them on the addition of a new year-round route to Phoenix. This route will enhance westward connectivity for our community as well as offer affordable, non-stop service to a key business and tourist destination,” McAllen Mayor James E. Darling stated in the release.

Allegiant Air flights to Phoenix will operate twice weekly, year-round, joining regular routes to Los Angeles, Orlando and Las Vegas from McAllen International Airport. To celebrate the arrival of service to Phoenix, McAllen International Airport will announce a special Arizona River Adventure text-to-win giveaway, the statement says.

“We invite our community to make plans to visit this new non-stop destination that only McAllen International Airport and Allegiant can offer you,” McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez wrote in the release. “Phoenix provides the entire family an array of activities to choose from that will (be) sure to make for a memorable vacation. You will be able to shop, dine, visit museums, botanical gardens, a zoo, parks and attend professional basketball, baseball, football and hockey games.”