Airline Drops Vegas Flights From Miss. Coast

Allegiant Air is dropping its twice-weekly service between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas-based airline cited "escalating fuel costs."

The service started June 1. It will end December 10th.

Allegiant spokeswoman Tyri Squyres says it takes a while to have a market be profitable, and unfortunately with the escalation of fuel costs, we found it not to be a wise business decision to keep flying."

Jeremiah Gerald, air service development manager at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, says the flights were a little less than 70 percent full.

Allegiant's service to Orlando will not be affected, Gerald and Squyres said.