LCC Allegiant expanding into SW territory

Old Jan 14, 20, 9:26 am
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LCC Allegiant expanding into SW territory

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 14, 2020 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces 44 new nonstop routes, including 14 routes to three new cities: Chicago, Boston and Houston. To celebrate the largest expansion in Allegiant’s history, the company is offering one-way fares on the new routes as low as $33.*

This major addition to service is driven by Allegiant’s goal of connecting leisure travelers in underserved cities to popular destinations around the country. Most of the 44 new routes are non-competitive, with no other airline providing service between those airports.

“There is a lot of leisure demand for cities that are regional destinations, and this route expansion will address some of that need,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “Also, this growth is about Allegiant being true to our mission as a company. We’re increasing the number of low-cost, affordable travel options for people who may otherwise be priced out of air travel.”

The new seasonal routes to Nashville International Airport (BNA) include:
  1. Bozeman, Montana via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $66.*
  2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota via Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  3. Norfolk, Virginia via Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
  4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  5. Peoria, Illinois via General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) – beginning June 4, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  6. Tulsa, Oklahoma via Tulsa International Airport (TUL) – beginning June 4, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  7. Fargo, North Dakota via Fargo International Airport (FAR) – beginning June 4, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  8. Flint, Michigan via Bishop International Airport (FNT) – beginning June 5, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  9. Greensboro, North Carolina via Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) – beginning June 5, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
The new seasonal routes to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) include:
  1. Grand Rapids, Michigan via Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR) – beginning May 7, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning May 8, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning May 8, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  4. Destin / Ft. Walton Beach, Florida via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) – beginning May 14, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
The new seasonal routes from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) include:
  1. Allentown, Pennsylvania via Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) – beginning May 14, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport (DSM) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Savannah, Georgia via Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  4. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  5. Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  6. Destin / Ft. Walton Beach, Florida via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) – beginning June 5, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
The new seasonal routes to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) include:
  1. Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport (DSM) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  2. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville International Airport (AVL) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  3. Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan via Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) include:
  1. Boston, Massachusetts via Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) – beginning May 8, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Houston, Texas via William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  4. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from Des Moines International Airport (DSM) include:
  1. Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Memphis, Tennessee via Memphis International Airport (MEM) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  3. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR) include:
  1. Los Angeles, California via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – beginning June 5, 2020 with fares as low as $66.*
  2. Boston, Massachusetts via Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) – beginning May 7, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) include:
  1. Boston, Massachusetts via Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) – beginning May 8, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Houston, Texas via William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  4. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina via Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) – beginning June 6, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
The new seasonal routes from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) include:
  1. Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  2. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  3. Savannah, Georgia via Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) – beginning May 28, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
  4. Destin / Fort Walton Beach, Florida via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) – beginning June 5, 2020 with fares as low as $33.*
The new seasonal routes to Savannah International Airport (SAV) include:
  1. Belleville, Illinois via MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) – beginning June 6, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  2. Houston, Texas via William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – beginning May 28, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.*
  3. Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.*
  4. Punta Gorda, Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) – beginning June 6, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  5. Newburgh, New York via New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) – beginning May 20, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes to Norfolk International Airport (ORF) include:
  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  2. Columbus, Ohio via Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
  3. Nashville, Tennessee Via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
The new seasonal routes to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) include:
  1. Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning May 22, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
  2. Norfolk, Virginia via Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $44.*
  3. Memphis, Tennessee via Memphis International Airport (MEM) – beginning May 21, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) include:
  1. Boston, Massachusetts via Logan International Airport (BOS) – beginning May 14, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.*
  2. Dayton, Ohio via Dayton International Airport (DAY) – beginning May 14, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $55.*
  3. Houston, Texas via William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – beginning June 5, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.*
  4. Chicago, Illinois via Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) – beginning June 5, 2020 with one-way fares as low as $33.*
  5. Newburgh, New York via New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from Memphis International Airport (MEM) include:
  1. Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport (DSM) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  2. Palm Beach, Florida via Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning May 21, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  4. Cincinnati, Ohio via Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) – beginning May 22, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
The new seasonal routes from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) include:
  1. Providence, Rhode Island via T.F. Green Airport (PVD) – beginning June 5, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
  2. Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning June 6, 2020 with fares as low as $44.*
  3. Elmira, New York via Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) – beginning June 6, 2020 with fares as low as $55.*
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Old Jan 14, 20, 9:53 am
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They have 99 planes?
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Old Jan 14, 20, 10:14 am
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Their wiki shows 38 A319s, 58 A320s, and 6 A320s on order for a grand total of 102 planes. Keep in mind most of these routes are seasonal and will only be 2-3x per week.

I'll be curious to see which terminal they end up in BOS. I'm guessing in B with WN and NK.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:01 am
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Interesting in the number of 2nd/3rd tier cities... some very small.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 12:39 pm
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I'll take my chances with WN thank you. Unlike G4 whose corporate managers were piloting an MD-80 full of pax that almost ran out of fuel while trying to land at a closed airport.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 2:13 pm
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I'll take my chances with WN thank you. Unlike G4 whose corporate managers were piloting an MD-80 full of pax that almost ran out of fuel while trying to land at a closed airport.
From AvGeek descriptions:
"Two dude bros at Allegiant Air decided to take a joy ride together from Vegas to keep their pilot status, rather than traveling with a co-pilot who is more seasoned. Out of a disregard for the passengers, they preferred to fly together and committed basic errors regarding fuel, their (now closed) destination, and distances to nearby open airports."
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Old Jan 14, 20, 3:17 pm
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I've flown G4 before. For a family trip its fine. Destin is a very convenient airport for northern florida but their times suck. Destin to Newark only wednesdays departing at 6 AM? Why?
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Old Jan 14, 20, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Sicariis View Post
Their wiki shows 38 A319s, 58 A320s, and 6 A320s on order for a grand total of 102 planes. Keep in mind most of these routes are seasonal and will only be 2-3x per week.

I'll be curious to see which terminal they end up in BOS. I'm guessing in B with WN and NK.
They still have more aircraft to be delivered in 2020 through 2022. They already acquired A320 & A319 from the foreign airlines. After MD80 is long gone. No more MD80.

Actually, they will be at terminal E, not C & B.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 4:30 pm
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I've flown G4 before. For a family trip its fine. Destin is a very convenient airport for northern florida but their times suck. Destin to Newark only wednesdays departing at 6 AM? Why?
As strange as the Allegiant scheduling algorithms are, they are reportedly also able to generate very high margins for their odd schedules. As a VPS-based flyer, I like seeing them add flights here in the name of more price competition out of an airport that is so often a high ticket price outstation. I just wish they were a better and more reliable airline. The VPS-Boston route is very interesting to me in theory because on paper/computer screen, it allows for taking advantage of long haul flight deals out of Boston but the cons of relying on a ULCC in a two ticket scenario are pretty high.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 5:06 pm
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I just wish they were a better and more reliable airline. The VPS-Boston route is very interesting to me in theory because on paper/computer screen, it allows for taking advantage of long haul flight deals out of Boston but the cons of relying on a ULCC in a two ticket scenario are pretty high.
Have you heard about this service, which lets you insure against IRROPS on Allegiant (and Spirit, Frontier, etc.) for $19 one way?

https://www.getfreebird.com/travelers/
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Old Jan 14, 20, 5:23 pm
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Have you heard about this service, which lets you insure against IRROPS on Allegiant (and Spirit, Frontier, etc.) for $19 one way?

https://www.getfreebird.com/travelers/
That could make things interesting indeed.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 5:44 pm
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I will not fly Spirit or Allegiant. Too small, terrible service, etc.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:10 pm
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I will not fly Spirit or Allegiant. Too small, terrible service, etc.
Right! Me, either! We won't fly Allegiant, Spirit, Frontier, and Sun Country, as well. Its terrible and very uncomfortable.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 1:43 pm
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I've flown Allegiant several times from Knoxville to Florida, Pittsburgh, and Newark. Their seats are a little thin, but the pitch doesn't appear less than other carriers. Overall I don't have an issue with their cabin space.

One issue that bugs me is they board VERY early, resulting in 30 minutes of seat time before pushback. I wish they'd adjust that. And yes, with limited schedules and point to point flights, IRROPS can be a problem, but I guess I've been fortunate so far.

Next flight Sunday, we'll see.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 7:38 pm
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ABE-MDW is an interesting route for Allegiant, and it might pull from Philly suburbs and NJ, even though only 2x weekly. Fares out of PHL/EWR to Chicago can get expensive in the summer.
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