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Allegiant resumes operations at 6 Florida airports after Irma

Allegiant Air resumed regular operations Wednesday at six airports across Florida, where more than half of the carrier’s planes and passengers fly as a vacation destination.

Hurricane Irma had prompted the Las Vegas-based budget airline to cancel 425 flights between Thursday and Monday, affecting about 50,000 passengers, Allegiant spokeswoman Hilarie Grey said.

“I think that the team coordinated extremely well and was very proactive in anticipating how Hurricane Irma was taking shape,” Grey said.

It was unclear how much money Allegiant lost during the hurricane because airline executives were still assessing the cost of booking passengers on alternate flights passing through Florida airports in Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Destin and Sanford/Orlando.

To return to normal operations, Allegiant crews spent Tuesday returning about 40 planes that were taken out of Florida and repositioned to other airports across the country during the hurricane.

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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