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Allegiant Air will soon suspend its flights in and out of Rochester, Minnesota and cut back on service to Fargo, North Dakota.

The Star Tribune reports that the discount airline will end service to Rochester International Airport on May 14 and will make its final flights between Fargo and St. Petersburg will run through May 18. The Fargo-to-Floria flights are expected to resume sometime in December in advance of the holiday travel season. Allegiant will continue to fly between Fargo and Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix/Mesa.

“It just comes down to we only have so many airplanes and crews to fly the airplanes,” said Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler. “We always need to evaluate the best ways to use those resources.”

The Rochester Post-Bulletin noted that Las Vegas-based Allegiant began offering offering two weekly nonstop flights to Mesa, Ariz., in 2012, with an eye to serving as a connection between Rochester and Mayo Clinic's Phoenix campus.

Travelers who already have tickets for canceled flights will be hearing from Allegiant. Wheeler said they would be offered a full refund.

Wheeler added that the airline has no other changes planned for service in Sioux Falls, Grand Forks, Duluth and St. Cloud.

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