HAGERSTOWN -- Allegiant Air's final flight from Hagerstown Regional Airport took off Friday morning, and already airport officials are working to replace it with a similar service, airport business development manager Greg Larsen said.
"As sad as it was today to see that airplane leaving, Allegiant has given us some very strong tools to attract a follow-on carrier, and I think that will happen," Larsen said.
Airport officials "had at least one conversation" with another airline interested in offering service to Orlando, possibly starting early next year or sooner, he said.
Allegiant announced last month it was ending its twice-weekly service between Hagerstown and Orlando-Sanford Regional Airport due to lack of market demand. The service had been operating since November 2008, with the exception of a few months in 2009, when it was suspended due to low demand.
Larsen said the airport's experience with Allegiant demonstrated that the "right product" could draw people from the quad-state region and beyond and that the Hagerstown airport could accommodate an airline of Allegiant's size.