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Allegiant Announces Another Round of Network Expansion, Adds 44 New Routes
Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant has announced plans to launch 44 new routes, as part of a strategic shift that looks to serve major markets throughout the U.S.
Drew Wells, Allegiant’S vice president of planning and revenue said in a press release: “There is a lot of leisure demand for cities that are regional destinations, and this route expansion will address some of that need. 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 flights will see the airline land in Chicago, Boston and Houston seasonally as of May. The Las Vegas-based carrier will fly twice weekly from Chicago Midway airport and to Allentown, Penn.; Des Moines, I.A.; Savannah, Ga.; Asheville, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn. and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Flo.
From Houston, Allegiant will fly from William P. Hobby airport to Asheville, Knoxville and Destin/Fort Walton Beach. The airline will serve the same destinations from Boston in addition to Grand Rapids.
Other additions include nine new routes from the airline’s base in Nashville, including Pittsburgh and Fargo, N.D. as well as four from Austin including flights to Asheville and Des Moines.
The move, which is characterized as the largest expansion in Allegiant’s history, is part of the carrier’s strategy to connect small towns to larger cities throughout the U.S, a market in which they have been very successful.
Over the last six years, the airline has replaced its fleet of aging MD-80s with second hand A320 family aircraft, which helped the carrier fiercely expand throughout the country.
In a market where airlines are replacing older aircraft for newer A320neos, Allegiant takes advantage of lower purchasing acquisition and lease costs for their older counterparts. Today the airline has a fleet of 99 Airbus single-aisle aircraft, only out of which 16 were ordered factory fresh from the European manufacturer.
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