The ribbon was cut in Stockton, California for Allegiant Air’s second route to the airport. The ultra low-cost airline now flies twice a week from Palm Springs in the south of the Golden State.
- Allegiant Air has launched its first intra-Californian service between Stockton (SCK) and Palm Springs (PSP) with flights operating twice weekly on Monday and Friday using the airline’s 150-seat MD80s. Back in August when the route was announced, Allegiant’s president Andrew Levy said: “We’re pleased to bring yet another affordable and convenient way for our customers to get away. In 2006, we began serving San Joaquin Valley residents by offering nonstop flights to Las Vegas. We look forward to offering even more low-cost service to the community with our new flights to Palm Springs.” This is Allegiant Air’s second route from both airports. It already serves Las Vegas from Stockton, and Bellingham from Palm Springs. At present, Allegiant is the only airline serving Stockton, while Palm Springs welcomes over 200 flights per week from Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and even international services from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver operated by WestJet. Before the end of the year, Palm Springs will also welcome new services from new-to-the-airport Frontier (to Denver in mid-November) and Virgin America (to San Francisco in mid-December). In addition, United/Continental start Houston flights next week, while WestJet introduces a fourth Canadian destination (Winnipeg) from mid-December. Last year, Palm Springs International Airport saw passenger numbers rise by 2% to 1.5 million. In the first nine months of 2011, demand is down 2.6% to 1.1 million.