Allegiant Expands Florida and Nashville Routes

An Allegiant A319 in Las Vegas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Continuing its history of serving leisure markets using a fleet of Airbus aircraft, Allegiant Air has announced its next wave of expansion with Nashville being one of the focal points for the Las Vegas-based airline. The carrier will launch five new routes starting in February.

Of the five new routes that the carrier will launch, three will have Nashville as a destination. The airline will operate two weekly flights from Nashville to Gulfport, Des Moines, and Appleton using Airbus A320 family aircraft. The airline will start with Des Moines flights launching on February 13 followed by Appleton and Gulfport starting on February 14 and February 15, respectively.

As for the last two flights, the airline will turn to leisure traffic in Florida to fill its aircraft. Allegiant will launch services from the Floridian cities of Punta Gorda and Sarasota. Sarasota will receive its new service first with twice-weekly flights arriving on February 13 followed by the succeeding day seeing the launch of twice-weekly Punta Gorda-Richmond flights.

For Allegiant in Nashville, the increase in routes just adds to the carrier’s large presence that has only grown over recent years with these routes take the airline to 18 destinations offered. However, only five of Allegiant’s routes from The Music City are year-round operations.

The launch of Des Moines-Nashville is also big for the Iowan city which sees the route come less than a week after Allegiant announced it would open a base in Des Moines beginning in May 2020. According to the Des Moines Register, the airline’s base will consist of 66 members and will be the airline’s 20th base in the United States. Allegiant currently offers flights from the Iowan capital to seven US.. cities with new routes to Sarasota starting in November and Nashville starting in February ballooning the cities served to nine.

All new routes will be served seasonally and airfare is currently starting at $55 one-way to Nashville and $65 one-way to the two Floridian cities.

Ian McMurtry

Although Ian McMurtry was never originally an avgeek, he did enjoy watching US Airways aircraft across western Pennsylvania in the early 2000s. He lived along the Pennsylvania Railroad and took a liking to trains but a change of scenery in the mid-2000s saw him shift more of an interest into aviation. He would eventually express this passion by taking flying lessons in mid-Missouri and joining AirlineGeeks in 2013. Now living in Wichita, Kansas, Ian is in college majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in business administration at Wichita State University.
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