Tiny Latrobe, Pa., lands nonstop flights to Las Vegas

The small Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pa., is getting regular nonstop airline service to Las Vegas. The Latrobe-Las Vegas route will be on Spirit Airlines, which will begin flying one daily round-trip flight between the cities on April 16. The westbound fight will leave Latrobe at 7 a.m. and land in Las Vegas at 8:47 a.m., all times local. The eastbound fight will be a red-eye, leaving Las Vegas at 10:15 p.m. and landing in Pennsylvania at 5:31 a.m. Spirit is the only carrier offering regularly scheduled flights from the Latrobe airport, which is about 40 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. Arnold Palmer Regional is about 65 miles from Pittsburgh International, the region’s primary airport that sits to the west of Pittsburgh. TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit solicited fliers’ hateful comments; What did it hear? TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit Airlines raises checked-bag fee for holidays TODAY IN THE SKY: Spirit picks flamboyant yellow as U.S. airlines repaint planes Spirit’s nearest competition on the new route will come from Southwest, which flies nonstop between Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. “We felt we could come in and offer lower fares to that market,” Spirit spokesman Paul Berry tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the carrier’s rationale for launching the service. Spirit has grown in western Pennsylvania by using Latrobe as something of a secondary airport for the greater Pittsburgh area. Spirit began flying to Latrobe in 2011, about two years after Northwest ended its route to Detroit and left Latrobe without… [Read full story]

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