Starting this year, from May 22 to August 13 Allegiant Air will operate nonstop flights between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Bellingham, Washington, according to a release from the carrier Tuesday.

Bellingham is about 85 miles north of Seattle. The flights will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The low-cost airline says it's celebrating the new route with fares as low as $59 each way. To get the special rate, travelers have to book round-trip flights by Wednesday, Jan. 16. The fare isn't available on every flight, however.

Allegiant is a discount airline that uses the a la carte model of travel. Customers pay extra for services like an assigned seat and overhead bin space.

"Allegiant serves the leisure travel market by linking smaller cities to leisure destinations," Sonya Padgett, a spokesperson for the company, said. "Our Bellingham route provides travelers from the Pacific Northwest an easy, affordable way to visit Alaska."

Ted Stevens Airport Manager Jim Szczesniak says the new route is great news for Alaska and Anchorage.

“We are very excited to have Allegiant join the Anchorage market,” Szczesniak said. “Having a new airline serving a new city pair is a winning combination."

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