Allegiant Air raises Orlando Sanford network to 40 routes
Having abandoned its experiment of serving Orlando International Airport, Allegiant Air is now once more the dominant carrier at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). During the last week, the airline has launched four new destinations from the airport; Chicago-Gary (Indiana), Moline/Quad Cities (Illinois), Niagara Falls (New York), and Salisbury-Ocean City (Maryland). Last year passenger numbers at Orlando Sanford grew by 35% with domestic traffic (dominated by Allegiant Air) growing by 47%.
Domestic traffic at 1.13 million was the second highest in the airport’s history beaten only by 2009. With the latest batch of new routes 2012 should see a new record for domestic passengers at the airport.
Allegiant will serve 40 destinations from SFB this year
According to the airline’s booking tool it is currently offering 40 routes to and from Orlando Sanford. As of the beginning of March a total of 36 routes are operating, with four more (Bloomington, Laredo, McAllen, and Shreveport) starting/resuming from mid-May. As previously revealed at Allegiant’s base in Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona the airline tries to operate routes only on days when demand is highest. As a result at Orlando Sanford the airline operates between 17 and 19 daily departures on all days except Tuesday (seven) and Saturday (13).
Frequencies on routes sometimes vary by week, but for the week beginning 5 March a total of four routes are served with five weekly flights, 10 routes have four weekly flights, eight routes have three weekly flights while 14 routes are served with just two weekly flights.
|Weekly flights||Destinations (code)|
|5||Bangor, ME (BGR), Des Moines, IA (DSM), Knoxville, TN (TYS), South Bend, IN (SBN).|
|4||Allentown, PA (ABE), Cedar Rapids, IA (CID), Grand Forks, ND (GFK), Grand Rapids, MI (GRR), Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP), Newport News, VA (PHF), Niagara Falls, NY (IAG), Rockford, IL (RFD), Sioux Falls, SD (FSD), Springfield-Branson, MO (SGF).|
|3||Appleton, WI (ATW), Chattanooga, TN (CHA), Duluth, MN (DLH), Elmira-Corning, NY (ELM), Fargo, ND (FAR), Fort Wayne, IN (FWA), Plattsburgh, NY (PLB), Toledo, OH (TOL).|
|2||Asheville, NC (AVL), Gary, IN (GYY), Greensboro, NC (GSO), Huntington, WV (HTS), Lexington, KY (), Moline/Quad Cities, IL (MLI), Northwest Arkansas, AR (XNA), Owensboro, KY (OWB), Roanoke, VA (ROA), Saginaw, MI (MBS), Salisbury, MD (SBY), Tri-Cities, TN (TRI), Wilmington, NC (ILM), Youngstown, OH (YNG).|
|Source: Allegiant Air website analysis for w/c 5 March 2012|
This results in the average frequency across all 36 routes being just over three flights per week.