Allegiant Air kick-starts 2017 route expansion with 11 new sectors

Allegiant Air Cleveland

Posing with the cake in Cleveland, which was commisioned to welcome Allegiant Air and its nine new routes this week, are: Fred Szabo, Assistant Director, Cleveland Airport; Krysta Levy, Public Relations Specialist, Allegiant Air; and Todd Payne, Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development, Cleveland Airport.

Cutting the ribbon in Austin-Bergstrom to officially open Allegiant Air’s new routes to Cleveland and St.Pete-Clearwater on 17 February were: Tom Noonan, President and CEO, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau; Courtney Goff, Public Relations Specialist, Allegiant Air; and Patti Edwards, COO of Austin-Bergstrom Airport. A cake was also created for the occasion.

Allentown Airport in Pennsylvania welcomes the arrival of Allegiant Air’s new twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service from Fort Lauderdale on 15 February. The 1,677-kilometre route will face no direct competition.

  • Allegiant Air this week kick-started its 2017 route expansion by inaugurating 11 new sectors, of which 10 are unique city pairs. Only the airline’s route between Cleveland (CLE) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) will face direct competition, with three airlines already serving the 1,711-kilometre sector, all with at least a daily service. 15 February was the day that Allegiant Air launched flights from Cleveland, with the carrier introducing nine routes from the airport over the course of three days.“We’re thrilled to begin service today in Cleveland, an emerging market in the Allegiant Air network,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant COO of the launch from the Ohio airport. “With nine routes beginning this week, and two more being added in the spring, we’re excited to offer so many options to those in the north-east community of Ohio looking to take an affordable, convenient vacation.” The average sector length of Allegiant Air’s new routes is 1,614 kilometres and the average weekly frequency is 2.4. Although OAG schedules indicates that all of Allegiant Air’s new routes will be flown on its MD-83 fleet, some services may be flown on the carrier’s growing fleet of A319s and A320s. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
15-Feb Cleveland (CLE) St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) MD-83 (4)  
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Allentown (ABE) MD-83 (2)  
16-Feb Cleveland (CLE) Fort Lauderdale (FLL) MD-83 (2) JetBlue Airways (7), Spirit Airlines (7), United Airlines (7)
Jacksonville (JAX) MD-83 (2)  
Orlando Sanford (SFB) MD-83 (3)  
Punta Gorda (PGD) MD-83 (3)  
Savannah (SAV) MD-83 (2)  
17-Feb Austin-Bergstrom (AUS) MD-83 (2)  
New Orleans (MSY) MD-83 (2)  
Phoenix-Mesa (AZA) MD-83 (2)  
St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) Austin-Bergstrom (AUS) MD-83 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 21 February 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

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