Michael Garko, Fly Guys Blog
Fast-growing Allegiant Air announced another round of expansion Thursday with the surprising additions of Puerto Rico and Trenton to the system.
“It’s really exciting for us.to be adding these new cities and flights,” Lukas Johnson, Allegiant’s VP of network and pricing, says in an interview with USA Today.
Allegiant’s first foray into the Caribbean will begin with four flights from its focus city at Orlando Sanford International Airport beginning December 14. Allegiant will utilize a mix of its MD-80 and Airbus A320 aircraft on its four weekly flights to San Juan.
“It’s going to be our first scheduled service to the Caribbean,” Johnson stated. “We’re very excited about it, and it’s coming from our largest base on the East Coast.”
As for Trenton, the new city came as a surprise for many. Just last month the carrier announced plans to begin flights to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. Allegiant also began flights to nearby Baltimore-Washington International Airport this year as well.
“The mid-Atlantic was a huge hole for us in our network,” Johnson says. “It’s one area we’re trying to fill this year.”
Allegiant will be only the second carrier to currently serve Trenton. Low cost rival Frontier Airlines began flights there in 2012 and has been working to establish it as a focus city in its network.
Service to Trenton will begin on November 3 with flights to Orlando Sanford and Punta Gorda. The following day, Allegiant will launch service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater.
Also on Thursday, Allegiant announced two new routes out of its base in Las Vegas.
Starting October 5, the leisure carrier will begin five times weekly flights to Oakland. Allegiant will also add five weekly flights to Kansas City beginning October 20.
Allegiant also announced it will increase service from St. Pete-Clearwater to Kansas City and Akron/Canton to three times weekly. It will also increase its service from Punta Gorda to Akron/Canton to three times weekly as well.