Michael Garko, Fly Guys Blog
Allegiant announced this week that it is continuing its new growth strategy of adding larger airports to its route map.
The fast growing ultra low-cost carrier announced that it is ready to take on the New York City market after gaining access to fly into Newark Liberty International Airport thanks to the recent removal of slot control at the airport.
Allegiant will begin its service to Newark on November 16 with flights to Asheville, N.C.; Cincinnati, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Savannah.
“We’re just going to have two arrivals and departures per day, and that’s mixed across four markets,”’ Lukas Johnson, Allegiant’s Vice President of Planning, said in an interview with USA Today. “We wanted to make sure we could create a robust schedule … rather than just trying to do a land grab, which I think is what people have traditionally done in these congested airports.”
Allegiant also announced it would add two other destinations; Denver and the border town of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
In Denver, Allegiant will begin service to Montrose Regional Airport near the western Colorado ski resort of Telluride. The twice-weekly service is slated to begin December 14 and will operate through March 25. Allegiant will compete with United on the route, who operates the route on a daily, year-round basis.
As for Ogdensburg, the Las Vegas-based carrier will launch with flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando-Sanford. Located only 60 miles from Ottawa, Allegiant is hoping to court Canadian fliers willing to cross the border to claim cheaper fares in the U.S. Currently, only Cape Air offers service to the airport with flights to Albany and Boston.
“Certainly we anticipate a lot of Canadians that have had historically high fares in Ottawa will be interested in the service,” Johnson says.
Allegiant also announced five other routes to its network this week including:
To/from Las Vegas
– Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.: Begins Oct. 7.
To/from Los Angeles
– Albuquerque, N.M.: Begins Oct. 6.
– El Paso: Begins Oct. 6.
To/from Punta Gorda, Fla.
– Concord/Charlotte, N.C. Begins Oct. 5.
To/from San Diego
– Provo, Utah: Sept. 28.
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