I thought I’d share with you about my flight last week for Spring Break, and the frustrations of flying with a low-cost carrier such as Allegiant Air. We departed on March 31, out of the lovely Fort Wayne International Airport bound for Punta Gorda. (This is where @JoshFly8 frequently flies out of. Hoosiers!) Right off the bat, I got a message that said our flight was delayed from 10:30 to 2:50! Why? I heard the lady at the ticket counter say it was because they didn’t have an aircraft lined up for the route. Not to mention the fact that now we were on an MD-80 instead of the usual A320 used to operate that route. (This was actually a plus for me, the MD-80 is my favorite plane!) Nevertheless, we finally got down to Florida around 6:30, nearly 6 hours after we were scheduled to arrive. Even the return flight home was delayed by 3 hours.
Nevertheless, I got some photos for you guys.
The Allegiant MD-80 finally pulling into Gate 7 hours after we were scheduled to depart.
The main panel of the N408NV, a 26 year old MD-82, with the engine instruments and the fire handles.
(Fun fact about this aircraft is that it used to wear the “Blue Man Group” livery a few years back.)
Climbing through the clouds in our ascent to cruise at FL300
Slowly starting our descent into Punta Gorda (KPGD)
This was April 8. I believe this A320 headed up to our Indiana neighbors, South Bend!
The one nice thing about flying in and out of these small airports is no jetways! GPU visible along with the No. 2 engine.
Overall, the experience with Allegiant was not great. We will likely not fly with them again. If only they focused more on operations, they would have a good thing going. They haven’t had very many precautionary diversions as of late, but I was still wary flying with them. In the end, it worked out, but it cost us nearly a day of our vacation.
But, should you choose to fly with a low-cost carrier, I have a few tips for you.
If you can, pack a small personal item as opposed to a carry-on. This will save you fortunes, as it can cost upwards of 40 dollars each way just to store something in the overhead bin.
Get snacks and drinks in the airport as opposed to on the aircraft. Many low-cost carriers don’t include free drinks or snacks on board, so I would recommend getting refreshments before you depart.
Be sure to keep the “You get what you pay for” quote in your head. Flying on a low-cost carrier can be brutal, but it’ll usually get you where you need to go. I always had to remind myself that this isn’t a mainline carrier like Delta, American, etc.
The highlights of this trip for me was the MD-80, and the Fort Wayne International Airport. This was by far one of the best airports I’ve flown out of. It featured an extensive aviation museum filled with aviation memorabilia from World War II to past airline travels at FWA. And despite the delays, the flight crews both flight were very friendly and some of the best around!
Thanks for visiting this thread!