Allegiant Air kicks off service to Las Vegas from Sonoma County

Tashi Kilburn sipped sparkling wine at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Thursday prior to boarding an Allegiant Air jet for what promised to be an unforgettable bachelorette party weekend in Sin City.

Kilburn, a bride-to-be from Santa Rosa, expressed amazement at being able to fly to Las Vegas from her local airport.

“We were going to fly out of San Francisco or Oakland, but the flights were getting expensive,” she said. “This popped up magically. Any time we can fly out of Santa Rosa it’s all good.”

Anticipation and excitement greeted the debut of Allegiant’s new service to Las Vegas on Thursday. The new flights ­— along with the launch of new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport next Thursday — signal an important milestone for the Sonoma County airport, which is undergoing an expansion and is seeking more connections to farther-flung destinations.

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